Found November 05, 2011 on Celtics Town:
The NBA lockout is in a dangerous place, approaching the edge of a cliff on a dark road with no headlights. Hardline owners are huffing and puffing and saying they’re going to blow the entire house down. The players union is looking into whether decertification is a legitimate option. Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher may or may not have trust issues. David Stern may or may not control his camp. The negotiations seemingly teeter on a precipice, just a few percentage points from reaching a deal, but also a few more failed negotiating sessions from potentially losing a major chunk of the 2011-12 season.Michael Jordan was outed Friday as the leader of the hardline owners. While that likely surprised some people — after all, Jordan was the one who famously told former Washington Wizards owner Abe Polin, “If you can’t make a profit, you should sell your team” — this is Michael Jordan, people. If pushing his grandmother down a set of stairs would help Jordan win (and assuredly he views this...

Paul Pierce Leading Union Decertification Charge

via Marc Stein twitter I'm not 100% sure if this is a good thing or not, but hopefully the threat of decertification will lead to the owners upping their offer tomorrow. From what I've been led to believe if the players decertify from the union, things then get messy and there won't be any quick resolution (thus no basketball any time soon). Again hopefully simply the...

Tim Kawakami: Without question, David Stern and the NBA owners have won

End result: Sports fans, there should be an NBA labor deal in a matter of weeks and then the start of the season at some point after Dec. 15.

Source: Players to discuss decertification

With the season slipping away, the executive committee of the NBA players association will hold an emergency conference call Monday to discuss its decreasing options in the wake of David Stern's ultimatum to accept the owners' current offer by Wednesday or else. The executive committee is discussing whether to invite each of the 30 player representatives -- one from each...

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...

NBA players get new offer, and deadline to take it

Commissioner David Stern gave NBA players an offer and a deadline: Accept a chance to earn up to 51 percent of basketball-related income by Wednesday or get ready for a deal that's a whole lot worse.

Wizards rookie Chris Singleton shows some perspective on the lockout

The NBPA hasn’t done the best job of managing their PR front. David Stern has done his damnedest to control the public message of the lockout, all while the factions that have reportedly formed among the players threaten to decertify the union entirely and rip the 2011-2012 season apart. Yet individually, the lockout has provided…

Amid unrest, union leaders' quandary: Who are they fighting for?

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.

NBA Tries to Backtrace Misinformation on Twitter

A new NBA Twitter account from league office, @NBA_Labor, was recently created and has wasted no time trolling tweeters trying to correct misinformation that it finds about the lockout on the social network. Is there anything the owners and David Stern won’t do to win the PR battle? They are backtracing, having people pay the...Read the Rest...

Complicated issues remain before next NBA deadline

NBA players have until Wednesday to accept Commissioner David Stern's latest offer, though the response already seems obvious. Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant adjusts his headphones during warmups before the Rip City Basketball Classic basketball game in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. The game, which showcases various NBA Players, was put together by Portland Trail...

Report: 50 NBA players mulling dissolution of union

Approximately 50 players - including some All-Stars - are planning to dissolve their union if Saturday's labor talks either falter again or don't produce a worthwhile deal. The New York Times reported the players' stance on Friday, citing an identified person who has spoken to the group. The stance also comes on the heels of an alleged side deal discussed between the...

Players must decide by Wednesday

With the season slipping away, the executive committee of the NBA players association will hold an emergency conference call today to discuss its decreasing options in the wake of David Stern’s ultimatum to accept the owners’ current offer by Wednesday or else. According to a source, the executive committee...

NBA players, owners to meet, but outlook bleak

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...

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...

Report: Enough NBA Players Want Union Decertification to Force Vote

According to ESPN‘s sources, those within the NBA’s players union pushing for decertification believe they have enough support for the risky move. But there are doubts that they could mobilize quickly enough to get a vote this week: “On Monday, meanwhile, sources say that the players and agents backing the decertification of the union have scheduled another conference call...

Rondo: 50-50 not good enough

Rajon Rondo, the Celtics' alternate player representative behind Paul Pierce, won't be in New York tomorrow when...
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