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Derek Fisher sends letter to dispute agents

Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:00 am
Edited on: October 4, 2011 1:07 am
 
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

The back and forth between the National Basketball Players Association and a group of powerful player agents continues.

On Monday, a group of six agents sent a letter to their clients urging them to hold a hard line on several key bargaining issues and to avoid being railroaded into a rushed labor deal by the NBA's owners.

Late Monday night, the Associated Press published a response letter from NBPA president Derek Fisher, which directly addressed the letter sent earlier by the agents.

The letter however includes misinformation and unsupported theories.

As you would imagine, the agents are not aware of my seeing this ahead of its release. As a player myself, I know that each player should read everything we can. My emails, media reports, letters from their representation, to form an opinion on the situation. Educate yourself, ask questions, do it all. But not all of what you read is fact, you know this, I know this.

One issue I need to again be very clear on...nothing can be accepted without a vote by the players. If and when there is a proposal that we feel is in the best interests of us as players, each of you WILL have the opportunity to vote in person. It's in the union bylaws, it's not up for negotiation. You will have the opportunity to see the full proposal before you agree, you will be able to challenge it, question it, anything you feel appropriate in order to know that this is the best deal for you and your fellow players.

Fisher also made a point to defend the NBPA's unity on the key issues.
Everyone in the regional meetings, Friday's player meeting, and throughout this process has been in support of the position the NBPA has taken. We go into tomorrow's meeting strong, remaining steadfast on the issues we will not be able to move away from. Anyone saying different is not privy to the meetings and is uninformed.
Fisher's response is clear, fair and straightforward, but the fact that he is spending precious time trying to keep his union members in line in the hours leading up to what both sides agree is the most important day of negotiations is not a good sign. A truly united front from the players is necessary to reach the best possible deal with the owners. As of right now, segments of the players appear to be on different pages, with agents threatening to push to decertify the union and SI.com reporting that NBPA executive director Billy Hunter could come under fire.

This correspondence is another volley in a war of words that has gone on between Fisher and these agents for nearly a month. Back in September, Fisher pointedly rebuked the agents in another letter sent to all NBA players.
Comments

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 2:26 am
 

Derek Fisher sends letter to dispute agents

Please, let's not compare hockey (NHL), to basketball (NBA).  In America, friends get together and go to basketball gyms or gather outside of their homes to play on their own basketball rims, even if you're a stubby little white men; it's not a national trend to say, "hey let's go play hockey."  If the NBA doesn't have a season, shame on them because college basketball, while exciting, is an amateur game; the drama of the professional athlete is much more exciting and followed.



Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:54 am
 

Derek Fisher sends letter to dispute agents

I must echo Starblazers comments. The Nba is nothing more than a diversionary tactic between football games, college and pro plus college basketball which is a game although ruled by money, it is still played at high level of competition and for the love of the game! And I urge those of you who have never attended a hockey game to do so. I was once a non-hockey supporter until the Whalers moved to Raleigh, NC out of the blue! I finally went and was hooked! The game is fast and competetive and mostly free from prima donna papmpered athletes. The Hurricanes run to the cup was a thing of guts and determination in 2006. No superstars on that team just gut check give it their all every night! That's sports my friends. These NBA owners have offered thes huge contracts for years and now want to take it back. Bushwa! Take it. My limited sports dollars will go to the guys who grind it out every night and entertain me. R.I.P. NBA



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Derek Fisher sends letter to dispute agents

 A truly united front from the players is necessary to reach the best possible deal with the owners. As of right now, segments of the players appear to be on different pages, with agents threatening to and that NBPA executive director Billy Hunter could come under fire.

The NBAPA is delusional if they think they hold the cache the NFLPA does. Everyone loves football. It's the country's obsession. The NBA is a nice diversion, but few will miss it with the NFL going until February, March Madness to follow and baseball around the corner. The NHL will also make inroads with the casual fan. When the NBA return, it will see lower rating, sparse attendance and their hubris will set the sport back a decade.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Derek Fisher sends letter to dispute agents

Derek Fisher is a straight up player and rep and will stand for what he thinks is the best interests of the league players
Spot on. He's not a blood-sucking, exploitive, money-grubbing, ambulance chasing cretin. That applies to 100% of the agents in pro sports. Go Derek.



Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Derek Fisher sends letter to dispute agents

Derek Fisher is a straight up player and rep and will stand for what he thinks is the best interests of the league players. However, the bottom line is money. Tickets and cable prices are outrageously high and will only continue to go up if a hard cap is not in place for not only the NBA but all professional sports. I could care less who is right or wrong between the owners and players only that if millionairs are fighting over more millions, they could care less about us fans. I hope they cancel the season and I will find something else to watch this winter!


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