Stern, Hunter search for solutions

Updated: February 15, 2004, 3:36 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
LOS ANGELES -- NBA commissioner David Stern and union director Billy Hunter want peace instead of a looming labor war, but both know that it will be easier said than done. Speaking to the media before the NBA's All-Star Saturday, both Stern and Hunter began to outline what it's going to take to avert a lockout after the 2004-05 NBA season.

Stern said that the league has proposed ideas for the players to look over and that he was expecting a concrete set of responses in the next few weeks.

"Recognizing that it seems to be part of labor lure, that you have to be under some kind of deadline to get the final deal done, but we'll give it our shot," Stern said.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer