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Carroll sounded stunned that three months into this lockout, the two sides could be so far apart. NBA Commissioner David Stern described the divide as a "gulf." "The last two weeks all we heard was they're meeting for seven hours and working all weekend," Carroll said. "Everybody had hope. Now that feels like false hope." Charlotte Observer
Carroll and Thomas said part of the complication going forward is staying in shape, while avoiding injury, with no indication when training camps might start. They've both worked out with Accelerate Basketball, a training center in south Charlotte. "It's hard, because if you got hurt, the team could potentially terminate your contract," Carroll said of unsupervised training. "Two weeks ago I was training really hard, when I thought we were about to go to training camp." Carroll said he's been working out with various Bobcats or Charlotte-based NBA players, such as Gerald Henderson, Antawn Jamison and Stephen Curry. He's stopped speculating when this will end. "Nobody wants the NBA not to do well - it's our livelihood," Carroll concluded. "But it's got to be a fair deal for everyone." Charlotte Observer
Shooting guard Matt Carroll serves as the Bobcats' player representative to the union. He said he's done everything he can to convey to his teammates this could be a long lockout, potentially canceling the 2011-12 season. The owners expect hundreds of millions in concessions from the players. "Obviously we know some things have to change. We're willing to accept something different and understand there's got to be some middle ground," said Carroll. "We have not received anything from the owners that they're budging from the initial proposal." Charlotte Observer
And what did he think of that first proposal? "I think at first everyone was, well, not laughing, but (saying) this is a little bit drastic. But they haven't (changed anything). "They're playing hardball, I guess." Charlotte Observer
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