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NBA Players Union negotiator dies; talk continue

May 18, 2011, 8:13 AM EST

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In a surprise to everyone around the NBA, Gary Hall, the lead attorney of the NBA’s player union and one of the negotiators for the organization, has died unexpectedly.

Hall, 67, apparently died of natural causes on Sunday, according to Bloomberg news.

“Gary worked tirelessly to build the NBPA and to champion the rights of its players,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said in an e-mailed statement. “Gary contributed greatly to the growth of basketball and the NBA on a global basis.”

Hall had been and would have been in the future a key part of the union’s negotiating team. He was a longtime friend of union executive director Billy Hunter.

At the draft lottery, the NBA’s lead negotiator Adam Silver said more intensive negotiations between the union and owners are planned in June, in whatever city hosts the Western Conference half of the finals.

The two sides met last Friday, and Hall had been part of that negotiations.

So far the negotiations are not making much headway, Silver told the New York Times.

“It would be hard to point to substantive progress in terms of the issues, but I think there is a sense that we are coming together in terms of a common understanding where the N.B.A. finds itself,” Silver said. “I think we have agreed to disagree on multiple ways to reach that end and more than happy to discuss alternatives.”

  1. SmackSaw - May 18, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Not a good sign.

  2. cosanostra71 - May 18, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    I’m worried about the NBA. If the NFL can have this ugly and this protracted of a lockout when they are actually making money, I can only imagine how bad the NBA’s lockout is going to be. I really believe there is a chance that we will miss the whole season, which worries me as a Lakers fan, because our team as constructed will be done for if we miss next season.

    There are so many problems in the NBA. Players are able to bully around organizations through free agency unlike any other sport. Yet management in the NBA is so incredibly inept. There are so many poorly managed teams in the NBA it’s actually kind of sad. Teams like the Clippers, Timberwolves, Cavaliers, Warriors (although they’re looking up sort of), Kings, Bucks, Pistons, Bobcats…

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