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Derek Fisher speaks about oncoming lockout

Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:42 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 10:17 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Union president Derek Fisher spoke with reporters following the 2 1/2-hour meeting that ended up not producing enough progress to prevent a lockout. Fisher said the players' new proposal wasn't received well and expressed his disappointment in the failed negotiations.

But he also made the point that this isn't the end.

"Both sides left the room still fully committed to trying to get a collective bargaining agreement done," he said. "If [a lockout] is what we're faced with tonight, that doesn't mean NBA basketball is over. We're going to continue to negotiate in July, August, September  and figure out a way to get it done."

Regardless, there's still a giant gap between the sides. Getting back to the negotiating table will be good, but that doesn't mean a deal is going to get done. Both sides are going to have to give a lot to finally find some common ground in the middle. It's just a question of who is finally willing to bend.


Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 9:03 am

Derek Fisher speaks about oncoming lockout

Someone, anyone, please make Fisher retire and shut up. If it's one thing I can't stand it's a guy who rides the tails of others greatness to make a name for himself.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 1, 2011 8:11 am


Derek's getting tired of this BS from the rich owners and may decide to stop talking until they contact him with a serious offer.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:16 am

Derek Fisher speaks about oncoming lockout

As we have heard various times from Fisher and Billy Hunter, the union believes it owns certain percentages and features of the expiring CBA. There seems to be nothing to address the league's annual losses under that expiring CBA. The players say they "gave back" $500M while the owners say they offered to guarantee the current $2B take under the new contract, Comparing those two statements on the surface seems to indicate the players have turned down an offer $500M better for them than their own offer.

Of course that is not all the picture. Both sides are assiduously avoiding the real issues which are hard caps and BRI reduction and maybe even guaranteed contracts. What is puzzling is why the union wants to go through a shut-down year. There is every indication that a majority of owners are determined to fix a CBA that causes huge ownership losses across the board. If it takes a year they are prepared. The players hold on to avoid losing ground but that ground evaporates at midnight tonight.

Fisher may never play in the NBA again as his age has already decreased his skills and another year without playing may be his end. He will be 37 in August.  Yet it appears he is dedicated to the players' cause without the perceived arrogance displayed by Billy Hunter. It is realistic to scratch all previous proposals and start from scratch. What is essential in doing so is to account for return on investment for the teams and account for player safety, retirement programs and substantial income for the players. I have a hard time believing the players do not want to work for an average of $5M per year. It obviously will take time to have this sink in. That time is going to be agony for the players and the fans.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:53 pm

Derek Fisher speaks about oncoming lockout

Quit blaming the owners. The are the only ones that are willing to invest the money and make the league. The players are the product, there's no doubt there, but the product has stunk for several years and it's only getting worse. Why do you think they are losing money. The NBA game is terrible and it wasn't too long ago (year before Bird/Magic) that the NBA finals were on tape delay at midnight. Guess what, it's headed that way now. The owners are the ones losing money, not the players. It's a business and the owners didn't get rich because they are stupid. They know what they are doing and they are doing it for the good of the league.
When the NBA doesn't play next season and no one cares then you'll see why the owners are doing what they are doing. They have to get the product back to being good. It ain't there now. Not even close. IE: $300M in losses.

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