Feb 12, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT
Update 9:25 pm NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver — that’s Mr. Second Round, to you — released a statement. Not a great one, but here it is:
“While we do not agree with the Players Association’s characterization of today’s meeting or the status of the NBA’s bargaining proposal, David (Stern) will address the subject of collective bargaining during his media availability prior to All-Star Saturday night.”
6:36 pm According to Marc Spears’ twitter account, the union has dropped the owners’ latest CBA proposal after a 90-minute meeting. It was extremely unlikely that both sides were going to agree on the first proposal on the table, so this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to NBA fans. The owners were making some fairly bold proposals, and it was unlikely the union was going to go for them so quickly. According to Spears, union president Billy Hunter says the owners’ proposal was “out of left field,” and caused “shock and awe,” which does not suggest the negotiations are off to a smashing start.
The union is reportedly preparing a counterproposal, which will be presented to the owners at a time to be determined.
- Report: Suns discussing trade possibilities for Eric Bledsoe 4
- Report: Sixers may look to trade for Amar’e Stoudemire at this season’s deadline 27
- Kevin Durant reiterates that rest was his reason for withdrawing from Team USA 8
- Kobe Bryant says he will not be same player as before, says he’s evolved into something equally good 19
- Report: Agent for Greg Monroe pursued sign-and-trade deals with five teams, including Thunder and Blazers 25
- Derrick Rose sits out another Team USA practice, not likely to start Wednesday 22
- DeMarcus Cousins practices with team USA Tuesday, says he’s 50-50 for Wednesday game 2
- Jim Boeheim says of Carmelo Anthony, “it would have been better to go to Chicago” 31