Found November 09, 2011 on
PLAYERS: David Stern
The NBA players rejected commissioner David Stern's offer on Tuesday, casting even more unpredictability over the future of the league. And as the lockout continues, some are getting a little hot under the collar, including Celtics great Tommy Heinsohn. Heinsohn voiced his displeasure with the current NBA lockout at a Q&A session for the upcoming Broadway play Magic Bird. "This thing here, to me, is ridiculous," he said. "For the last two years, we've been seeing in certain cities and towns that were mainstays, like Detroit, like Washington, like Philadelphia, where there weren't people in the seats. Now, I always...

Bluffing or not, David Stern gets his deadline

For all of the emphasis on David Stern’s recent ultimatum to the members of the National Basketball Players Association, this is hardly the first time he’s issued a deadline threat against the union. The lockout has been laced with cancellation dates, each with the accompanying acknowledgement from Stern that the league’s offers would reflect the…

David Stern Thinks It’s Only ‘Rational’ for NBA Players to Accept Deal

David Stern spoke to NBA players through the media once again, as his ultimatum draws closer, and the commish insists that it makes perfect sense for the players to take the deal as it stands today. From the AP: “NBA players are facing a Wednesday afternoon deadline to accept the league’s current proposal or face a harsher one that calls for rolling back their salaries, and...

Hunter, Fisher will take revised proposal to union

Another weekend, another 20+ hours worth of meetings have resulted in the continuation of the NBA lockout. This time, the players at least left the meetings with a proposal to vote on.After ten hours Thursday, NBA owners offered players a revised proposal, which the union will present to its members. David Stern characterized the proposal as the union’s final proposal before...

NBA and players to talk again Thursday

NEW YORK (AP) -- David Stern's deadline passed without a deal, though the NBA and its players will talk again Thursday. The NBA commissioner wouldn't give any hints about what that means for hopes of ending the lockout. "I would not read into this optimism or pessimism," he said. "We're not failing. We're not succeeding. We're just there."...

David Stern still holds power to tweak NBA’s proposal, according to report

David Stern still holds the authority to make some minor changes to the NBA’s current CBA proposal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski.“There can be a few things tweaked along the edges, the periphery and this can be agreed upon,” one ownership source told Yahoo! Sports. “I’m confident that would not be an issue if [Stern] did that.”“It will be a very slight budge,” one...

David Stern to Admit He Hates Black People in Next Offer to Players Union

David Stern is hoping to end the NBA lockout and bridge the final gap between the owners and players by finally admitting that he hates black people. “I’ve tried to cover it up for years, b...

Union attorney says Stern treats players like “plantation workers”

In case you think the NBA owners and players might tone down the rhetoric and start to negotiate like adults, we bring you this. Union attorney Jeffrey Kessler — one of the top sports labor attorneys and the nation — went back to the “plantation” reference with NBA Commissioner David Stern (as Bryant Gumbel had…

Magic Johnson backs Stern after racial suggestion

NEW YORK Magic Johnson said it's "ridiculous" to suggest David Stern is racist, saying it's OK to disagree with the NBA commissioner but that you "can't attack the man and what he stands for." Johnson was responding to comments made by attorney Jeffrey Kessler, representing the NBA players' association, who told the Washington Post that owners...

David Stern’s ultimatum leaves the NBA with three options

Unless NBA owners suddenly decide to rescind their ultimatum and reopen negotiations (which would be similar to the pitbull biting your leg suddenly loosening its jaws because it was hurting you too badly), the NBA players have a few options to choose by Wednesday’s ultimatum:1) Put the current ultimatum to a vote and vote yes.The upside: The season begins. Checks start coming...

Source: NBA sides to meet again before deadline

NEW YORK (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the plans says NBA owners and players will meet before Commissioner David Stern's deadline to accept the league's latest proposal or face a worse one.

Everyone cautious, but optimism abounds that NBA deal near

Everyone is cautious — we’ve all been here before. We’ve all been Charlie Brown running up to kick the football when Lucy (played by David Stern) pulls the ball away and we go flying through the air, crashing on our backs. That said, there is a real vibe around that the NBA is close to…

Atlanta Hawks: Owners make latest final offer to players

NBA reps and union officials emerged from their meeting at about 11 p.m. No deal. Here is the full union press conference and here is the league. The highlights: Owners made some changes to the previous proposal that was rejected by the union. David Stern said it’s now take-it-or-leave it: “We have made our revised proposal and are not planning to make another one.” The players...

NBPA attorney apologizes for ‘plantation workers’ comment

National Basketball Players Association lead negotiator Jeffrey Kessler offered an apology on Wednesday for the inflammatory comments he made in the Washington Post, in which he said NBA owners were treating players like “plantation workers.” Kessler said his comments were “inappropriate” and that he planned to speak with NBA Commissioner David Stern. Read full article >>
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