The NBA made "tremendous progress" to avoid any possibility of a work stoppage - with help from Michael Jordan.
While Adam Silver warned that an agreement is "not-done" still optimistic Commissioner reported that the NBA and the Players Association are closing in on an extension of the collective agreement. The current CBA expires in June 2021 but the two sides have until December 15 to withdraw in 2017.
That sounds as if it will not be necessary, in part through cooperation between the money and the NBA Players Association executive director Michele Roberts, with the help of contact of the clutch of the Jordan - this time as the owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
"Allow me to highlight a particular owner, Michael Jordan," said Silver when updating optimistic about the CBA negotiations this week following the meetings of the Governing Council in Manhattan.
"I think I have Michael Jordan as part of our bargaining committee, the unique perspective he brings to the table because of his playing career, after, of course, a superstar player. Now for the players see in this position, it doesn 't mean that if Michael said, it necessarily mean that they accept the position that they should take. But I think it really added a unique special item of this league. "
As a player, once famous Jordan broke the former Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin during a working meeting between 1998-1999 players and owners when talks were contentious.
Now, as the owner, the influence of the Jordan on the players is positive for the NBA, according to Silver.
"I think [the presence of Jordan], which added a huge amount in the atmosphere in the room," said Silver.
Before this current CBA previous negotiations have led to a work stoppage five months which shortened the 2011-12 season by 16 games. But there is a strong incentive for owners and players to continue the current health business with contracts and money from television to unprecedented levels.
"We do not want to strike and they do not want to strike," Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks, who sits on the executive committee of the union, said recently. "So the best thing to do is really understand sooner than later."
"I think [in 2011 negotiation] we were so far away from each other," Anthony said later. "You can feel the difference, you can see the difference, you can see the reaction, you can see contact we'll have the information sent to both sides. I think we are closer to doing something. Hopefully it will happen soon. "
Silver credited the players who are most involved with the NHLPA, Chris Paul, president of the union, LeBron James, Anthony, James Jones and Kyle Korver.
But Silver said the tone of the negotiations was better than in the past, largely because of its working relationship to date with Roberts.
"Michele call we have agreed to be" adults "in this process," Silver said. "... There was no agreement on everything. I think there was a healthy back and forth, but I think it started from a base of trust. I credit with Michele Roberts enormously come with this view, to be very professional about how she and her colleagues and players was this negotiation. "
"We are on our way to obtaining an extension because of this collective bargaining agreement, and I am very pleased to report that," Silver said. "Hopefully we'll be back to you all in the not too far to say that the negotiations have been completed, but we are not there yet. But I continue to be optimistic. "