Labour talks no big deal

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

SAN ANTONIO -- Tayshaun Prince isn't preoccupied with the NBA labour situation now, but that will change as soon as the last game has been played this season.

Like most players involved in the NBA Final, the Detroit Pistons forward is paying attention to the state of negotiations between the league and its players' association only in a peripheral way.

The current collective bargaining agreement runs out on June 30, and media reports have suggested NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik earlier this week told the league's competition committee to be prepared for a lockout beginning on July 1.

"It's not concerning me right now, because of what we have going on," Prince said yesterday prior to the Pistons' practice. "But after the season, obviously it's going to concern me, because I'm part of the NBA and I want to be playing next season."

Prince plays in a city with a strong hockey following, so he is well aware of the dangers of a lockout. The NHL just lost an entire season to a labour dispute.

"Obviously (the NHL) is going through a tough situation," Prince said. "The (Detroit) Red Wings pull some of the (biggest crowds) in hockey, and that part of the town has been quiet a little bit. Hopefully we won't have to go through that experience."

Prince said the only time NBA players talk about the CBA among themselves is right after there has been a significant development.

Otherwise, it's not on their minds on a day-to-day basis.

"It doesn't come up that much," Prince said.

"Really, it's not going to come up during the playoffs, because we're trying to accomplish something. But back during the (regular) season, we really didn't talk about it that much at all, unless there was a meeting or something. That's the only time we really discussed it."

The conversation could get more lively very soon.

HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?

The 153 combined points scored by the Pistons and San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 on Thursday represented the fourth-lowest total in the history of the final.

Also, the 69 points scored by Detroit was the fourth-lowest total for one team in the history of the final.

HE'S OUT

West Virginia basketball star Kevin Pittsnogle is expected to pull out of the NBA draft.

Pittsnogle planned to leave the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago yesterday, according to Mountaineers coach John Beilein.

The 6-foot-11 centre is scheduled to make an announcement about his future plans today.


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