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  1. Billy Hunter speaks regarding nepotism issue, tumult in union

    Apr 25, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    It’s been a mess. NBA players union president Derek Fisher wanted not just an audit but a full business review of the union’s practices, something he said he got approved by a quorum of the executive committee — the New York Times got the minutes of that call which said there was 5-0 vote in…

  2. Fisher asked to resign as players’ union president in fight for soul of organization

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

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    During the NBA lockout there were rumors and reports of conflict between NBA players union president Derek Fisher and union executive director Billy Hunter. They pushed and pulled in different ways. But for the sake of the negotiations, they tried for the most part to present a unified front. But now those cracks have deepened…

  3. Lockout talks have stopped, things looking extremely grim

    Oct 20, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Just when things were starting to look up — federal mediators! Marathon bargaining sessions! Small concessions from both sides! — it’s starting to look very, very grim for NBA fans once again. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, talks between the owners and the players have stopped, and the lockout has suffered what Wojnarowski calls…

  4. First word from today’s union meeting: some players ready to cave to owners’ demands

    Oct 14, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    We interrupt your otherwise barren, locked out NBA programming to bring a minor update from the Players Union meeting in Los Angeles today. JaVale McGee was one of apparently few players that attended today’s meeting, and spoke with SI.com‘s Sam Amick on his way out. Here are Amick’s tweets from L.A.: Wizards’ JaVale McGee had…

  5. Report: Owners first asked for $45 million hard salary cap

    May 16, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    billy-hunter

    When you enter a bargaining session, the first thing you ask for is your entire wish list. Everything you could possibly want. Some of the things on the list you need, some you’d be willing to give up. But come in asking for the moon. Like a $45 million hard salary cap if you are…

  6. What does the NFL lockout ruling mean for the NBA?

    Apr 25, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    David Stern describes it as “the nuclear option.” Billy Hunter said it would take a lengthy lockout for him to consider it, but added they were watching the NFL lockout and decertification battle to see just how feasible it might be. Turns out, it’s feasible. A federal judge’s ruled Monday decertifying the NFL players union…

  7. Players Union may host charity games during lockout

    Apr 7, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    So what are the players going to do when the lockout starts to stretch into the regular season? (And it may well. Remember, the players don’t see their first paycheck until Nov. 15, so if the owners want the players to feel the pressure of not getting paid — and some do — we are…

  8. Tracy McGrady’s advice to owners: “Don’t lowball us”

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    As the NFL’s labor situation devolves, the NBA players and owners are sitting back, watching and taking notes. For example, the NBA’s player union has passed out and gotten players to sign off on potentially decertifying the union. Whether or not they will play that card will depend on how well it goes for the…

  9. Players’ union distributes “lockout handbook” to members

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The NFL lockout is about to start after days of failed negotiations and amidst a big gulf between players and owners. For NBA fans, it will be this and worse. The  NBA owners and players may be farther apart and more antagonistic to each other than their NFL counterparts. That’s why we say the lockout…

  10. CBA update: Owners, players sit down in same room. That’s about it.

    Feb 19, 2011, 12:51 AM EDT

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    This was the one bit of good news — for the first time in two-and-a-half months the owners and players sat down in the same room and talked about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Words like “amicable” and “thawed” were thrown around by Billy Hunter, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (the union)…

  11. Carmelo Anthony drama has owners thinking franchise tag

    Feb 15, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    What do NBA owners want out of the collective bargaining agreement? More money. Remember, it is always about the money. Who generates that money? Don’t say “the players” because it’s much more narrow than that. While there are 12 to 15 guys on an NBA roster, only a couple of those players directly generate more…

  12. Lakers’ Jeanie Buss will not rule out contraction

    Jan 20, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Jeanie Buss

    Contraction talk has become the cockroach of the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks — it will not die. No matter what. This time it was Lakers Vice President Jeanie Buss. Yes, she also shacks up with some guy named Phil Jackson, but make no mistake she runs the business end of the Lakers and is the…

  13. Stern’s right-hand man says a lockout isn’t inevitable as he plays good cop

    Jan 15, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Las Vegas To Host 2007 NBA All-Star Game

    Well, isn’t Adam Silver a ray of sunshine in an otherwise bleak and grey post-apocalyptic CBA negotiating world? Silver spoke to reporters prior to Houston’s game against New Orleans Friday night and as opposed to Commissioner Stern’s devout pessimism and overtly dour stance on the CBA position, Silver painted a much nicer portrait of where things…

  14. Latest CBA posturing move: NBA players voting to decertify the union

    Dec 13, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    It sounds ominous, but it’s no more ominous than all the other bad signs out there. This is really more about posturing and having your ducks in a row before heading back to the negotiating table. Players from at least two NBA teams have unanimously voted to decertify the NBA Players Association, the players union,…

  15. Salaries cut by one third? Contraction? What we have here is a red herring.

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    2010 NBA Draft

    When you walk into a negotiation you start by asking for the moon. Doesn’t matter if you’re trying to sell a house in Cleveland or dates at a Persian bazaar, negotiations are all the same. And part of that is the first offer put out there is big. The moon. It’s not what you will…

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