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WASHINGTON (AP) — The NBA and its locked-out players are going to use the same federal mediator who tried to resolve the NFL’s labor dispute months before it eventually ended.

George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, says he’ll oversee negotiations between the sides starting Tuesday in New York.

The NBA already has canceled the first two weeks of the regular season, and more games could be KO’d soon. The main stumbling block is the owners’ insistence on a hard salary cap. The locked-out players say they won’t go for that, but many clearly are worried.

Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony says he’s concerned there may not be basketball at all this season.

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