Stern ‘not optimistic,’ questions union’s good faith |

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NEW YORK — Nearly three hours of talks in the first negotiating session since June between representatives of the NBA owners and the players’ union produced nothing new in proposals for a collective bargaining agreement that could end the league’s month-old lockout.

Afterward, a four-minute briefing with NBA commissioner David Stern brought his strongest rebuke yet of what he sees as the players’ unwillingness to compromise and end the dispute that could threaten part or all of the 2011-12 season.

Asked if anything in Monday’s talks might lead him to be optimistic about progress toward a deal, a glum Stern said: “I don’t feel optimistic. I don’t feel optimistic about the players’ willingness to engage in a serious way.”

The follow-up question before Stern exited the midtown Manhattan hotel where the session was held: Is the National Basketball Players Association negotiating in good faith?

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