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Wojnarowski: A "Vast Gulf" Growing In Players Union

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports writes today that Billy Hunter's decision to walk away from the negotiations last Friday might be turning some members of the NBPA (the Players Union) against him: --------------------------------------- After Billy Hunter made the grand stand of marching out of Friday’s bargaining session, refusing to negotiate below 52 percent of the NBA’s revenue split, a strong movement within the Players Association emerged that vowed the union will never let him act so unilaterally again...Rest assured, there’s a vast gulf in the union, and it’s growing with the passing of every day. ---------------------------------------- The leadership of the NBPA has been very active during the last couple of days in their communication with the players. After Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports opined that Derek Fisher had been co-opted by David Stern, Fisher sent out a letter to union members yesterday refuting that charge. Then, Billy Hunter sent out his own letter today to the players with an update on the status of negotiations. Then, Stern issued a flat denial that he met with Fisher. Meanwhile, Ric Bucher of ESPN tweeted tonight that the "Players union will meet Thursday in NY to map out next move in negotiations". [Update: Derek Fisher has lawyered up and demanded a retraction from FoxSports.com. Wow. -- Ben]

Ex-NHL Player Bill Guerin: NBA Players, It's Not Worth It


Some very interesting quotes here from former NHL player Guerin and comments from Mac Engel of the Ft. Worth Star Telegram. It all starts with this one: ---------------------------- "It's not worth it. Get a deal done," former Dallas Stars forward Bill Guerin said during a phone call last week. There was not a single NHL player during the Great Lockout of 2004-05 who was a bigger proponent of the union's fight than this man. No one believed in the cause more than Guerin, and to hear him admit this is a bit stunning. ----------------------------

Tom Penn talks lockout on ESPN


Interesting piece with Tom Penn discussing lockout and new cba with J.A. Adande. My takeaway is that the Blazers aren't the only team that will have to reconfigure if the owners get their way.

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