- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Three days and 30 hours’ worth of talks couldn’t produce a new labor deal, so NBA owners and players walked away without knowing when they will meet again.

That’s happened a few times during the lockout, but this one felt different.

There was a nasty tone, including accusations of lying, and an acknowledgement from Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver that he misjudged just how far apart the sides were.

More games seem sure to be canceled, and the entire season could be in jeopardy.

“I hate to use the expression `gloves are off.’ But for all intents and purposes, the gloves are off,” players’ association vice president Maurice Evans said. “With the press conference that they had _ don’t want to get into he said, she said, but that just wasn’t very accurate. It’s evident of the time we spent in the room that we were here, we were bargaining, we were making progress. For it all to suddenly end _ that should speak volumes in itself.”

The sides remained divided over two main issues _ the division of revenues and the structure of the salary cap system. The dollars were the obstacle Thursday, after the system caused most recent breakdown.

“We understand the ramifications of where we are,” Silver said. “We’re saddened on behalf of the game.”

Both sides had said there was progress on minor issues in the first two days in the presence of federal mediator George Cohen, and Silver said he brought more optimism than usual into Thursday’s session.

“But obviously I was disappointed and sort of maybe overestimated where it turns out we were,” Silver said.

Without a deal, NBA Commissioner David Stern, who missed Thursday’s session with the flu, almost certainly will decide more games must be dropped.

The season was supposed to begin Nov. 1, but all games through Nov. 14 _ 100 in total _ already have been scrapped, costing players about $170 million in salaries.

Stern said previously that he thought games through Christmas were in jeopardy without a deal this week. Silver said the labor committee would speak with Stern on Friday about the future schedule, though no further cancellations are expected yet.

Union officials were upset with Silver and Spurs owner Peter Holt’s account of the events and felt owners were never serious about trying to make a deal, with union executive director Billy Hunter saying the lockout was “preordained.”

“They knew when they presented what they were presenting to us that it wasn’t going to fly,” Hunter said.

The union said owners essentially gave it an ultimatum to accept a 50-50 split of revenues. Attorney Jeffrey Kessler said the meeting was “hijacked.”

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