Former San Antonio Spurs player and NBAPA Vice President Roger Mason recently spoke with ESPN researcher and contributor Jared Swerling about all things lock out.
What Mason said wasn't earth shattering but it did have a sense of hope and optimism that a deal will get done before any games are missed. Mason told Swerling that both teams were motivated to get a deal done, but ultimately were too far apart when the owners decided to lock out the players on July 1.
"It was amicable, but I think both sides realized that right now what the owners are looking for and what the players are willing to do is just too far apart," Mason said. "While everyone in the room was cordial and hoping that we can work something out, it kind of is what it is from making a deal standpoint, and we'll see what happens over the next few weeks. We're going to continue to try to get together and see if we can find a common ground."