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Meetings reach critical stage

Updated: September 30, 2011, 1:31 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

After two years of mostly fruitless labor talks, league officials and union leaders will reconvene Friday in New York on the 92nd day of the NBA lockout for what is being widely regarded as a now-or-never weekend of negotiations.

The cancellation of regular-season games is a certainty if significant progress toward a deal isn't made over the next 72 hours, according to sources close to the talks, but NBA commissioner David Stern left the impression this week that far more is at stake ...

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