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Proceeds from the game went to several charities, including Breast Cancer Awareness, Providence/St. Vincent’s Cardio Vascular Institute and New Avenues for Youth.

“Thank you for support,” Aldridge told the crowd afterward, “and hopefully I’ll be playing soon.”

But from what transpired earlier in New York, that didn’t seem likely.

Stern said that the league proposed a band where players could earn anywhere from 49 percent to 51 percent of BRI, based on revenue growth. But union officials said there was almost no way they could get to the ceiling, leaving them at the 50-50 split owners have said they wouldn’t go past.

The union said players were the ones who were willing to reduce their guarantee down to 51 percent, with 1 percent of that going into a fund for retired player benefits.

There were other problems the union had with the deal, including the league’s proposals to increase luxury tax penalties.

Stern said he believed he could get owners to pass the latest proposal. The union appeared unwilling to take it to their members for a vote.

Hawes said he didn’t see the point.

“What they’ve done to the deal and where the deal is now I don’t even think it’s worth _ I don’t think it’s worth voting on,” Hawes said. “I don’t think there’s a decision to be made. It’s not fair and it’s not where it needs to be from our vantage point.”


AP Baskeball Writer Brian Mahoney contributed to this report.