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Terrence Williams tells union “enough with the stare off”

Nov 2, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

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Thursday in New York the leaders of the NBA players union are going to get together … and it’s going to be interesting. Because they need to formulate a plan with the union solidarity splintering around them.

Some of that division had bubbled to the top in media reports (a couple of which forced Derek Fisher to call his attorney and threaten more litigation).

Then Wednesday second-year swingman Terrence Williams — formerly of the Nets, now of the Rockets — threw some gasoline on that fire with these tweets.

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Remember, Derek Fisher is reportedly the guy willing to dip below 52 percent of basketball related income to the players to get a deal done. It is union director Billy Hunter (who did not play in the NBA but has a fascinating history) who is holding the hard line at 52.5.

There is a divide in the union, and a lot of the rank and file players like Williams are getting restless. If the owners’ 50/50 proposal were put to a vote of all the players it might win. There are agents (who want the union to hold the line at 52.5) who fear it would.

Fisher and Hunter have some real work cut out for them.

  1. cooldonnyd - Nov 2, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Too bad he is a file player. Nba superstars make me sick, none of them willing to step up, like Bree’s manning and Brady did for nfl

  2. ogre2010 - Nov 2, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Sounds like to me that Hunter, the Superstars and their Super Agents are driving the lockout bus for the players

    • sonofsambowie - Nov 2, 2011 at 6:45 PM

      Exactly what happened in 1999, but those guys are less influential now.

    • contract - Nov 2, 2011 at 6:54 PM

      As well they should. The stars are the only reason anyone tunes in to watch NBA games.

  3. texmex2 - Nov 2, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Players need to quit listening to the lawyers (agents) take the 50/50 before the owners get real angry & go back to 53/47. This is not the NFL you have alot of options as “players”, go play for the different World leauge’s (Europe, Asia, Central & South America, or the D-League) or try and start your own league; that costly adventure should really open your collective eyes up to reality.

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