From this Ken Berger post, David Stern: "There are enormous consequences at play here on the basis of the weekend. Either we’ll make very good progress, and we know what that would mean... ...or we won't make any progress, and then it won’t be a question of just starting the season on time. There will be a lot at risk because of the absence of progress." Berger goes on to say that "the owners did not enhance their economic offer Wednesday, instead making it clear that there would be a price attached to their willingness to relax their insistence on a hard team salary cap. The players' share of BRI (basketball-related income) on the table from the owners still has not reached 50 percent in the aggregate over the life of a new deal... It appears that the owners' economic offer gets worse (or at least, gets no better) as the cap gets softer, and vice versa, leaving union officials with a choice to make between dollars and system. Stern also said, "We are not near a deal." It sounds to me like David Stern is daring the players to walk away from the owner's deal.