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David Stern wants to avoid litigation

Updated: May 5, 2011, 9:34 AM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Commissioner David Stern hopes the NBA does not follow the NFL's lead and keeps its labor dispute with the union out of the courts.

Stern said litigation is "not appropriate to making a deal."

"We understand what a chaotic situation looks like, so we won't need to give away the negotiating process to a process that is nowhere near as controlling," he added.

All he has to do is look at the NFL, where locked-out players and owners are embroiled in a bitter dispute ...

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