Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nba, Stern Keeping Eye on Nhl's Labor Deal

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nba, Stern Keeping Eye on Nhl's Labor Deal

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The end of the hockey lockout was welcome news to NBA commissioner David Stern, who's glad to see any step toward labor peace as his league tries to get a new collective-bargaining agreement.

"It sounds like they have a deal that everybody is unhappy with, which means it's a good deal," Stern said earlier this week. "At least that's our experience. If you get enough grumbling on both sides it means that concessions were made and a deal was hammered out."

Stern would like to have a new deal for the NBA to unveil at the All-Star Game on Feb. 12, but he conceded that may not happen. Talks with the players association are continuing, though.

"I don't know that there are necessarily enough days left between now and the All-Star Game," he said. "We've got some meetings scheduled and we'd love to make some progress. I just don't want to disappoint anybody. If we don't do it by the All-Star Game, I don't want someone to think we haven't achieved anything."

Let no one say the Minnesota Timberwolves haven't made an impact on the NBA in their six years in the league.

After all, they've set league records for most consecutive home losses (14) and most overtime losses in a row (10).

Now the Wolves are chasing another ignominious mark - the longest streak of sub-100-point games. Going into Saturday's game with Detroit, they hadn't broken the century mark since Dec. 3 against - who else? - the Los Angeles Clippers, a string of 16 games.

Only one team has gone longer without breaking 100, and that was four decades ago, the first season the league used the 24-second shot clock. The Milwaukee Hawks had 25 straight games under 100, from Dec. 18, 1954, to Jan. 30, 1955.

To put the Timberwolves' achievement into perspective, consider this: 1954-55 was the first season a team had ever averaged more than 100 points. With 101.4 points a game, the Boston Celtics were the first NBA club to break that barrier. …

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