If a labor agreement can’t be reached with the National Basketball Players Association during a Tuesday negotiation session led by federal mediator George Cohen, then the league’s annual Christmas Day games cannot be played.
NBPA president Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter pushed back hard against those threats following a union regional meeting at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Friday.
Derek Fisher mentioned: “For our players, we’ve made a pledge not to continue in any way to allow what is say or written or printed in the media or statements that would be made to frustrate us or sway us in any way,” he said. “To make sure we’re thinking as businessmen and we’re being very smart about what we need to do.”
Hunter even resorted to a metaphor to underscore how undeterred he was by Stern’s threats of cancelled games and “vaporized” player wages.
“I think it can only get worse for both of us,” Hunter said. “If somebody is pointing a gun at my head, I’m going to point one back at him. That door doesn’t swing one way. It’s not just the players who will suffer if games are lost.”
As a personal point of view , just look at what the NHL accepted after losing an entire season a few years ago. It wasn’t anything close to what was originally offered by the league owners back then. Learn from the past NBPA and get the best deal you can or it probably won’t be there in the future. Are these players that ignorant to think that 18-22 owners who are already losing money on their respective teams are going to cave and let the players run this league for another 10 years…
SO, all you NBA fans out there, it seems that there’s some serious doubts in watching some NBA games anytime soon.