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Where things stand as Kobe, stars show up for union meeting

Nov 14, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York Reuters

The NBA players union meeting — one that could end up helping decide the fate of the NBA season — is going on as of 9 a.m. Monday morning in New York.

Here’s where things stand as the meeting starts:

Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and a number of NBA stars and players — not just official team representatives — have shown up for this meeting. Which is going to make for an interesting dynamic. Kobe reportedly wants to accept the 50/50 deal out there, while others like Etan Thomas are opposed to the plan. The loudest voices will carry the day in a crowded room like that.

• Other non-team rep players in attendance are Emeka Okafor, Jeff Green, Elton Brand, Andre Iguodla, Evan Turner and the prince himself Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.

Chris Duhon, the team rep for the Orlando Magic, said his team would vote to accept the deal and put David Stern’s offer to a vote of the players. Note that Duhon was one of the players who was slamming the deal on twitter, but clearly he heard from teammates who felt differently.

• Out of respect for this meeting, the agents and players planning to try and decertify the union — they say they have the necessary 130 signatures (more like 200) to file to start the process — will not file those papers Monday. However, Tuesday is a real possibility.

• Contraction is not dead and the players union has concerns about it, specifically that if the owners do it there could be changes in the BRI split that would hit players in the pocketbook.

• Smart money still says the players vote to modify the owners offer and approve that, throwing the ball back in the owners court. They are not buying another do-or-die deadline from David Stern. But that is a risk.

  1. silk32 - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    In the late 80s famed Wall Street trader, Michael Milken, was given an “exploding offer” by the US Attorney General (Rudy Giuliani) for insider trading and racketeering charges. (i) The first offer was a guilty plea on a single felony, but Milken dragged his feet.

    (ii) After Milken’s co-workers testified against him, injuring his case, the second offer from the feds was a guilty plea of two counts, three counts if the deal included immunity for Milken’s brother. Milken again dragged his feet and the offers got worse.

    (iii) Fired from Drexel and separated from his trading desk, a broken Milken finally pled to six felony counts and a payment of $600 million – the worst trade of his life. How would Milken advise the NBA players on their lockout with the owners?


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