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Hunter reacted rather angrily to Stern's declaration that the union's deal will only get worse if a solution isn't found quickly.
"It can only get worse for both sides," Hunter said, noting the huge amounts of revenue lost without games. "If somebody is pointing a gun at my head, I'm going to point one back at him. ... Teams are going to lose money. The pain is mutual."
Fisher and Hunter said the players' positions on every issue have included enormous concessions, but they don't see similar accommodations by the league. The union doesn't like the owners' idea to replace their hard salary cap plan with a punitive luxury tax, believing it would evolve into an effective hard cap.
The sides also haven't figured out how to divide up $4 billion in annual basketball-related income. Players have proposed lowering their guaranteed cut from 57 percent to 53 percent, while owners are seeking 53 percent of revenue for themselves.
Heat guard Dwyane Wade told The Associated Press on Friday he thinks some people may be overstating the importance of BRI -- the money made through basketball operations such as ticket sales, TV rights, concessions and souvenirs.
"Everyone talks about this BRI number as it being the end-all, but it's not," Wade said. "This is the beginning. There's so many other issues. But talking about that one issue, people have to remember us as players came off 57. We came off a deal that the owners at the time thought was a great number. So we came from 57 and we felt by moving to 53 we've done a pretty good job of starting to help the league do what they want to do."
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