James, Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul called for athletes to be more active in promoting social change during the ESPY’s earlier this summer. “I have thought a lot about this, and Michele Roberts and I talked a lot about these issues,” Silver said, referring to the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. “There may be no organization in our society better positioned than the NBA and its players to try and have an impact on these difficult issues plaguing many of our cities. So aside from discussions around the anthem, it is my expectation that as we move beyond the collective bargaining [negotiating] process, that we and the players together will continue to address these issues and look for opportunities where we can really make a difference.
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The NBA and the NBA Players Association continue to make progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement, according to league sources. While sources maintained there is still plenty of work in order to come to an agreement, there is widespread optimism a deal will be reached in the coming weeks. Doing so would eliminate the possibility of a work stoppage next summer and continue the strong momentum the league has generated over the past few seasons.