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Kobe to players: 'Stand behind the union'

Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:00 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 9:08 pm
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During a series of meetings in which union officials are updating players on the status of collective bargaining this week, one voice stood out: that of Kobe Bryant.

Before a star-studded audience of about 75 players in Los Angeles Tuesday, Bryant was “up front” and “deliberate” in a speech in which he urged players to maintain solidarity and “stand behind the union” during the lockout, according to a person who was in attendance. Sources told CBSSports.com that another test of that solidarity could come next week, as top union officials were authorized Wednesday to contact deputy commissioner Adam Silver in the hopes of scheduling a bargaining session in New York before the end of the month.

Bryant and Paul Pierce told players Tuesday it was important for them to “remain united” in the face of a lockout that has dragged well into its second month with only one full-scale bargaining session, the person who attended the meeting said. Among the players in attendance were Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon of the Clippers, Elton Brand of the 76ers, Tyson Chandler of the Mavericks, Russell Westbrook and James Harden of the Thunder and Corey Maggette of the Bobcats.

Contacted for comment on the player meetings, union chief Billy Hunter said he also briefed a contingent of about 20 agents on the status of negotiations Tuesday before traveling to Las Vegas, where he was meeting with about 35 players Wednesday. Hunter also will meet with players next week in Houston, Chicago and New York.

“Our message is that there’ve been several proposals back and forth, and the last proposal by the NBA would be a giveback of $8 billion over 10 years,” Hunter told CBSSports.com. “The players understand and they’re supportive.”

Hunter said there was a “divergence of opinion” among the agents about the National Basketball Players Association’s decision not to disclaim interest in representing the players – and the players’ decision not to decertify. Some high-profile agents have clamored for decertification, which would send the dispute to the federal court system under antitrust law. Hunter has so far resisted, preferring to explore the possibly more expeditious path to an injunction lifting the lockout, which could result if the union is successful in getting the National Labor Relations Board to issue an unfair labor practices complaint against the NBA.

Sources said NLRB investigators are expected to wrap up the evidence-gathering phase as early as next week and would then have all the information they need to render a decision on the players’ charge.

Though NBA commissioner David Stern is expected to be away on vacation, sources also told CBSSports.com that the two sides are trying to reconvene for a high-level bargaining session next week in New York. If league and union officials can agree on the scheduling details, it would be the first full-scale bargaining session since Aug. 1 – and the first since the NBA filed a federal lawsuit and an NLRB charge accusing the players of failing to bargain in good faith. Both legal actions were filed on Aug. 2, one day after Stern said the players were not bargaining in good faith.

It remains to be seen whether the players’ desire to meet next week will result in a productive negotiating session or more mudslinging. Stern accused the players of canceling a bargaining session last week while Hunter was involved with four days of appearances before the NLRB. Sources said an offer by the union to hold a staff-level bargaining session was rejected by the league, and that Hunter was told Stern would be away on vacation this week and next.

Clearly, Stern could easily return to New York for a bargaining session regardless of his vacation plans. So it’s a matter of will on both sides – and a question of whether anything has changed since the fruitless session on Aug. 1. Answer: Probably not. Not yet.
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Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 8:28 pm
 

Kobe to players: 'Stand behind the union'

I appolgize it was the Fair Credit act of 1998.



Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Kobe to players: 'Stand behind the union'

Perhaps your speaking of the Omnibus Consolidation Appropriations act of 1997. I know that Republicans like to tote these deregulation of rules to the financial sector as the reason for the subsequent predatory lending. Well on this simple fact you are right. It did make it so banks could loosen the credit rules in order to qualify people who would normally not qualify for credit. Which in the long run let banks become "predators", targeting low income people with minimal education. However, this law signed by Clinton was a large bill which included many items Clinton championed. These deregulation rules were only a small part of it. The only reason why they were included in the bill was because the Republicans controlled both the House and Senate and at the time. In order for the bill to pass these deregulation rules had to be added in. So on closer examination it's the Republican controlled Congress who are to blame. More to the point, the deregulation under Bush jr. which led to credit default swaps among other things had a more direct effect on the housing crash. On a personal note, I'm tired of Republicans blaming poor, uneducated people for the housing crisis rather than themselves. They deregulated the financial market, they prayed on these people and they had no regard for anyone or anything but themselves. At least they and people like yourself could at least own it.



Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Kobe to players: 'Stand behind the union'

What in the hell are you talking about? The Federal Fair Housing Act was passed by Congress in 1968 when L. Johnson was president. It's purpose was to make discrimination illegal when it came to purchasing a home. It made it unlawful to refuse to sell, rent to, or negotiate with someone who was considered to be in a protected class. If you actually new anything about American history you would know that was during the height of the civil rights movement and part of the Civil Rights Act. How that has anything to do with Clinton, the deregulation of the financial industry, and the subsequent predatory lending which lead to the housing crash is beyond me. If you can't get a simple fact right which you use as the basis of your argument, I can't be bothered with the rest.



Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:32 am
 

Kobe to players: 'Stand behind the union'

@
Honestly do you know anything about econmics? Serisously, if you did you would know that the econmic mess we are in right now started in 1997 when than president clinton signed the fair housing act, and created the predatory lending that led to the housing crash, so bush jr was the president in 1997?

Next 9-11, do you know that when 9-11 happend business stopped for the most part for 1-3 months, no one was buying anything except for the essentials need for daily living. Small buisness that were struggling went out of buisness, other small buisnesses that were doing ok went to struggling and some have since went under. No one has fully recovered since 9-11.

Without those small buisnesses you have a econmic hole, that no one big business can cover. Think of the econmy as a car, Big Buisness is the car, and small buisness is the gas that powers the car, what I mean is you need both to be successful, they are sembiotic in nature. So when small business start disappering, the econmy can not recover.

So is that Bush's fault?

Next again with econmics, did you know that a Presidents econimc plans really do not take full effect until 2-3 years after they have left office? So Bush got Clintons, and Obama is getting Bush's, so whose econimic polices are helping now? obama's or bush's?





Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:11 am
 

Kobe to players: 'Stand behind the union'

Kobe needs to give and assist to President Obama. Help him stand up to those millionaire  Republicans, who are destroying our country, because they don't want the color of Obama's skin to get credit for cleaning up the raid all out that Geo. Bush and his croomies left behind. Who gives a rip what color the President's skin is. If he was elected by the people, to work for the people. Let the man do his job.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Kobe to players: 'Stand behind the union'

i don't understand why some of you support the players.  the owners are trying to get rid of guaranteed contracts which, in my opinion, have ruined the nba.  these players simply don't try once they get a good contract.  most of the season is not even watchable.  the playoffs barely are. 



Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Kobe to players: 'Stand behind the union'

THE BEST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN IS THAT THE FANS STRIKE AND DON'T PAY TO SEE THE NBA PLAY.  THE FANS SHOULD CREATE A BARGAINING CHIP AND TELL THE OWNERS WHAT THE PRICE OF A TICKET SHOULD COST. THUS CAUSING PLAYERS CONTRACTS TO BE LOWER.  BUT THIS WONT WORK BECAUSE SOME IDIOT WILL PAY $1500 FOR A FRONT ROW SEAT FOR A MEANINGLESS GAME.  I HOPE THEY LOCKOUT FOR 2 YEARS AND THE OWNERS GET WHAT THEY WANT. I JUST KNOW I WONT PAY TO SEE THEM PLAY EVERY AGAIN. LAST SEASON WAS MY LAST TIME PAYING FOR THESE KNUCKLEHEADS, I LEARNED MY LESSON




Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Kobe to players: 'Stand behind the union'

     Davwy, excellent post.  And I say good for Kobe, hopefully the players will listen and stand united.



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Kobe to players: 'Stand behind the union'

who cares what kobe says, boring stupid basketball is lucky to have a fan base.




Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 7:57 pm
 

Kobe to players: 'Stand behind the union'

This is easy to say for someone who has100 plus million dollars.



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