Found November 02, 2011 on
by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni
This is how embarrassingly bad things have gotten for the NBA players’ side in this labor war: they went from fighting David Stern, public opinion, and the team owners. to fighting allegations that their leaders are now fighting amongst themselves.
Here’s the blow-by-blow of what’s taken place over the last 72 hours or so, a crucial period of time that could have otherwise been used to, oh gee I don’t know, negotiate to end the NBA lockout perhaps?
After it was reported that Derek Fisher had cut a side-deal with David Stern for the players to accept the 50/50 split on BRI, Fisher wrote a letter (which was of course leaked to the press) denying the whole thing. Another report came out that Billy Hunter was no longer in good standing within the union, which forced him to write his own letter — leaked once again — claiming that everything was rosy, and that everyone must stick together. Fisher then took things to another level by lawyering up in his ...
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Derek Fisher addressed an alleged meeting with the NBA to the union's executive committee, sources told ESPN.com.
The union president proclaimed his innocence and denounced a reported side deal he was accused of making with NBA commissioner David Stern, as reported in a FoxSports.com column on Friday.
The union's executive committee plans to meet on Thursday to figure out...
Billy Hunter wants to be known as the last person on the players' side that is willing to go to 50-50 of BRI.
In a letter, Derek Fisher denies reports of attempts to cut a deal with Commissioner David Stern without the support of other union leaders.
The timing of stories stating that Derek Fisher of being in David Stern’s pocket was interesting. It comes after the league quietly fined Micky Arison, owner of the Miami Heat for tweeting that there was a divide between NBA team owners. It also comes after negotiations were Stern implied Billy Hunter and the players are stonewalling further progress in the labor talks. But as...
Is this starting to sound a little desperate to anyone else? One day after NBA players union President Derek Fisher sent a letter to players dismissing media reports and urging unity, union director Billy Hunter sent out a similar letter reports Marc Stein of ESPN. He adds that the union’s negotiating committee is getting together…
Derek Fisher denied a rift in union leadership in a letter to NBA players Monday, telling them there have been "no side agreements, no side negotiations or anything close" with league officials.
Every one of the seven NBA players who I contacted has made two things clear:
The players want to play ball, and they're willing to take a 50-50 split of basketball-related income (BRI) to make it happen. Mostly, they seem ready to vote on the issue and avoid missing paychecks.
I connected with the players during the past two days, either via phone conversation or text. While...
Pressure from powerful player agents may be preventing Billy Hunter from compromising further in his negotiations with the NBA.
Derek Fisher strongly denied a published report over the weekend that union president Billy Hunter and other members of the executive board have questioned Fisher about his relationship with commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver.
NBA players' union executive director Billy Hunter, in a letter sent to members Tuesday, said the 50-50 split of basketball-related income sought by owners would result in far-greater concessions by the players and urged them to stand strong.
The fifth month of the NBA lockout began on what would have been opening night in the NBA.
That's a sad thought, but it's not quite as sad as the state of the lockout. Not only is neither side really talking to one another, each side is a complete mess.
Let's start with the NBPA, which is "led" by a lame duck in Billy Hunter.
After Billy Hunter made the...
They are not within striking distance this time.Amid yet another report disgruntled players are inquiring about decertifying, Players Association director Billy Hunter announced from his Harlem office the union and owners will reconvene tomorrow at a Manhattan hotel.However, Hunter gave a bleak assessment on chances of it being...
Rank-and-file unrest is growing, and Ken Berger says NBA players will soon lose their standoff with the owners. How tough Billy Hunter plays it to the end will come down to whether the fight was about today, or tomorrow.
On Tuesday, Yahoo!'s own Adrian Wojanarowski published a column about schisms and dissension within the players' union. The argument, effectively, was that there's more support for accepting a deal with a 50-50 split of basketball-related income than Billy Hunter seems willing to admit, and that his failure to reach an agreement has angered many of the rank-and-file...