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NBA SEASON AT RISK WITH WEEKEND TALKS OFF

No talks this weekend. No basketball next month. No end in sight to the NBA lockout.

Nothing but bad news emerged Wednesday from the most damaging labor dispute in league history as the sides canceled a weekend negotiating session.

Charging the union with reneging on its word, the league said there was no point in talking. It was an ominous sign that mistrust is building and the cancellation of the entire 1998-99 season is again a possibility.

"Where we are right now, given what's happened in the past few days, we don't feel any useful purpose can be served by meeting right now," said Jeffrey Mishkin, chief legal officer for the NBA.

Talks had been scheduled to resume Saturday. Union director Billy Hunter said his side was preparing for a marathon session extending into Sunday and Monday.

Instead, it'll be yet another weekend of inactivity.

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