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Progress Made in NBA Talks

November 21, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ There finally was progress in the NBA labor talks Friday, with players and owners making several compromises during the longest negotiation session of the 143-day lockout.

``I would say there has been some movement from both sides,″ commissioner David Stern said. ``I think it’s fair to say that there’s an evident spirit of an attempt to reach (agreement) on both sides.″

Stern tempered his enthusiasm by pointing out that the sides remain far apart on many issues, but his comments were both surprisingly optimistic and clearly indicative there was real progress in trying to settle the most damaging labor dispute in league history.

Still, the sides said they would not meet again during the weekend, and no firm date has been set for resuming discussions next week.

``We reached a position where neither side was prepared to make any further movement, so we though it was a good time to stop,″ union director Billy Hunter said. ``When you’ve been in a hotel for 12 or 14 hours, the air gets stale and your head gets cloudy.″

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