(Eds: Retransmitting to fix slug. With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports ColumnistIt’s about time the wristbands came off in the NBA lockout.Losing money will put anyone in a bad mood, and that begins in earnest this week unless the league’s players and owners agree to a new contract. With the Nov. 1 start to the regular season threatened, labor talks that have been simmering for months finally picked up some sizzle – overheated Miami star Dwayne Wade reportedly yelled at Commissioner David Stern across the bargaining table at one point – only to fizzle just as quickly.Heading into the weekend, the commissioner was at his stern best, warning of ”enormous consequences” unless real progress was made. Coming out of it, though, he sounded like Yogi Berra: ”We’re not near anything, but wherever that is, we’re closer than we were before.” After meetings broke up Monday, when training camps were supposed to open, both sides suggested Tuesday could be the big day.”We can only say we’re running out of time so many times,” deputy commissioner Adam Silver said.The notion that things don’t get interesting in the NBA until the fourth quarter could be tested in a way the league’s… Read full this story
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