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  1. New report suggests financial, ethical issues at NBA players union

    Jan 17, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    UPDATE 6:39 pm: Union Executive Director Billy Hunter released a statement. What you think of it pretty much describes what you think of Hunter. Here it is in its entirety: “The NBPA is currently reviewing the full independent special report simultaneous with the public. While I strongly disagree with some of the findings contained in…

  2. Billy Hunter made $3 million last year, landed a 25 percent raise during lockout

    Sep 29, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    USA Today discovered a department of labor filing with regards to Billy Hunter’s salary with the NBPA last year, much of which was spent during the lockout of the NBPA by the owners in the labor dispute. Mr. Hunter did quite well for himself. National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter was paid $3…

  3. Hunter: Jeremy Lin could wind up on NBPA executive committee

    Feb 18, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    Jeremy Lin has been at the forefront of the positive things to help lead the NBA out of lockout hell. And it turns out, he could be at the forefront of what winds up leading us back into it in six to ten years. Billy Hunter recently told Bloomberg that Lin is likely to wind…

  4. Could Al Horford be the next Players Association president?

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Al Horford

    After watching the grind that Derek Fisher went through this summer as president of the National Basketball Players Association — the players union — it’s hard to imagine a lot of guys lining up for that job. Then again, look at the pressure and public beating any United States president takes and you wonder why…

  5. It’s official — there is an NBA players’ union again

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:57 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    And to the joy and relief of us all, there is again an NBA players’ union. Actually, if you want to see NBA games on Christmas, it’s a good thing that a majority of NBA players voted to reform the union. Actually, well over a majority, with more than 300 of the roughly 450 members…

  6. Players have avoided getting their hands dirty, but will the PR high road pay off?

    Oct 15, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    A dozen radio shows play soundbites of his voice on loop. There’s talk of competitive equity, of the struggling economy, and of players with inflated contracts. One calm voice meanders through accusation after accusation, and countless listeners on a dozen frequencies swim in the carefully manufactured bile. Somewhere, David Stern cracks a slight, sly smile.…

  7. Fisher, Hunter respond to Stern with tough words of their own

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:09 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    After David Stern’s Magical Media Tour on Thursday and Friday, the players needed to respond before a mediator puts the lock on both sides next week. And after making an “armed and dangerous” reference, union executive director Billy Hunter continued along with union president Derek Fisher in pushing back hard against the commish. Various quotes…

  8. Nov. 2 set for first arguments in NBA lawsuit against union

    Oct 4, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    lockout

    Before the NBA owners and players union attorneys sat down in a room and argued about how to divide up the fans’ money, they sat down in front of a judge to talk lawsuit. Back in August the owners sued the players union essentially asking the court to say that any attempt by the union…

  9. What the lockout hath wrought: more agents poaching clients

    Sep 24, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    money

    Agents can get a little bored during the lockout. Normally they’d spend July and August getting their clients new deals, helping them with marketing and exposure, trying to sweep indiscretions under the table. It’s keeps a man busy. This summer there have been no negotiations. Well, there are the negotiations between the NBA players union…

  10. Fisher thinks there’s movement on BRI compromise if the owners back off the hard cap

    Jul 30, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    derek Fisher

    One of the best kept secrets in all the lockout talk is that the players are willing to compromise on how much money they get. For all the talk by your common commenter that the players are “all too greedy” despite it having been the owners who locked out the players and not the players…

  11. Union to help players get insurance if they head overseas

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    There are hurdles to getting NBA players overseas during the lockout. One is getting FIBA — basketball’s international governing body — to sign off on letting guys under contract go play for another team. FIBA has not officially ruled on that, yet. Then there is the little matter of insurance. Well, it’s not such a…

  12. Could NBA players form their own league during the lockout?

    Jul 2, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    It’s an insane idea. It requires more financial resources than they currently have. It requires more organization than they currently have. It requires risks the players are unwilling to take. And it is, just in general theory, completely bonkers. But it is an interesting question. Could the players form their own, independent league during the…

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