NBA owners and players will meet with a federal mediator Monday to try to solve the labour woes that already have resulted in the cancellation of the first two weeks of the season.
Union director Billy Hunter and players are expected to gather Friday to address the issues in advance of the session with the owners.
The two sides had met this past Monday, but no progress was made.
Hunter told WFAN in New York that it was Stern's plan from the beginning to have a lockout.
"David Stern promised me a lockout three years ago," Hunter said. "That was their plan all along."