Found November 08, 2011 on SLAM Online:
PLAYERS: David Stern
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 Commissioner David Stern said Monday ‘the only rational thing to do is for us to make that deal. We think that there’s a great offer on the table and what we told the players is it’s getting late, the only rational thing to do is for us to make that deal because given what’s going on in our business and our industry, it’ll get worse from there,’ Stern said during an interview on ESPN. That proposal calls for players to receive anywhere between 49 and 51 percent of basketball-related income, though players argue it would be nearly impossible for them to get anywhere above 50.2. Stern said the next one will call f...

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 hasn’t set deadline for canceling season; urges players to make deal

The NBA lockout has already resulted in the cancellation of the first month of the regular season, with more games expected to get erased if the players’ union rejects the last offer from the owners before Wednesday’s deadline. But NBA Commissioner David Stern has not targeted a date for when he’ll cancel the entire 2011-12 season. Read full article >>

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 Gives Players a Deadline

It’s looking less and less likely that we’ll have an NBA season this year. The latest chapter of this sad saga has David Stern giving the NBA players a deadline to accept the owners’ latest offer. However, the players have already all but officially turned down the offer. The deadline, which is the close of business on Wednesday, will surely come and go without a deal in place...

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…

The Owners Have Forced The Players To Act Like Andrew Bynum

Agents are pushing behinds the scenes to decertify.  Players are pushing on Twitter to play basketball. Frustration everywhere, including David Stern's with hard-liners, is pushing the season to the brink. People are tired.  Fans are pissed.  And we're about to figure out if the weariness is going to let the players hand control over to the agents and blow up the season...

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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