Warriors power forward David Lee, who has attended three player meetings since the beginning of the NBA lockout, believes it's possible the season could be canceled.
"I never thought the season was ever in danger," Lee said during a phone interview from Los Angeles. "I see now that it's very possible it could happen."
The players and owners reconvene Tuesday for what is being called a crucial meeting. Federal mediator George Cohen, who met separately with both sides Monday, will preside. The meeting comes one week after NBA commissioner David Stern wiped out the first two weeks of the regular season (Nov. 1-14).
If there is no breakthrough Tuesday, there is concern that Stern could cancel all games through Christmas. Stern said the owners are ready to deal, but the players are holding it up.
"It will be interesting to see what's going to happen with the owners," Lee said. "New York and L.A., they're pulling for something different than Memphis and Minnesota. I can see them having some really different views about what should happen."
The players have rejected the owners' offer of a 50-50 revenue split (players got 57 percent under the previous collective bargaining agreement). The
While Lee said he's impressed with the united front the players are showing, he said different opinions do come up during players' union meetings.
"Obviously, what a max player wants and what an incoming rookie wants are two different things," Lee said. "But from the meetings I've been to, they've done a good job listening to all the players.
"The vibe I've gotten is that while everyone wants to play basketball and we don't want to miss games for no reason, what we're fighting for is something fundamental and important to our game. Everyone is on the same page with that."
Stanford graduate Eugene Godsoe was edged out of a gold medal by Brazil's Thiago Pereira by .05 seconds in the 100-meter backstroke to give the Cardinal swim program its third medal of the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Cal's David Russell (26.50) was right behind Godsoe at the halfway point only to finish fourth.
Cal seniors Colin Hawley and Blaine Scully are among four Bay Area rugby players who were named to the U.S. sevens team competing at the Pan American Games later this month. They are joined by San Francisco Golden Gate club players Folau Niua and Milemoti Pulu of East Palo Alto.
Three 68s in the afternoon helped San Jose State to 13th place after 36 holes on the first day of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational.
Staff writer Elliott Almond and wire services contributed to this report.