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Hunter expects court to mediate NBA lawsuit

Associated Press Modified: November 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm •  Published: November 22, 2011

NBA owners locked out the players July 1, and the labor strife has forced games to be canceled through Dec. 15.

The owners had already filed a lawsuit of their own in the Southern District of New York and could file a motion to have the Minnesota case moved there.

After the two sides were unable to reach an accord, the players disbanded the union last week. That set the stage for the increasingly bitter labor dispute to move from the negotiating table to the courtroom, which could jeopardize the entire 2011-12 season.

Hunter spoke Tuesday after NBPA officials and players distributed Thanksgiving turkeys to local families outside their office in Harlem. The NBPA gave away 9,000 turkeys nationally in New York, Atlanta, Houston, Washington, Miami and New Orleans.

The Knicks' Roger Mason Jr., a member of the NBPA board, said he didn't find anything awkward about discussing the players' demands right after distributing the turkeys.

"Especially during the lockout where you have two (sides) unable to get something done and there's a lot of talk of greed — Thanksgiving season, this is a time to give back," he said, "and I just feel like it's important for all of us to do that."