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Players, then owners declare unity

Updated: September 18, 2011, 10:34 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin and Tim MacMahon | ESPNLosAngeles.com and ESPNDallas.com

Amid rumors of a rift among NBA owners, fueled by an email from players' union president Derek Fisher to his colleagues, commissioner David Stern declared "virtual unanimity" after meeting with the owners for more than four hours Thursday in Dallas.

Stern said the "vast majority" of the owners remain firmly in favor of a hard salary cap, a major sticking point in the negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.

Sources confirmed to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that ...

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