Posted by Royce Young
After labor negotiations fell apart Monday with the players reportedly walking out, David Stern dropped a bombshell in his presser afterwards. The league was ready to go for a real 50-50 BRI split.
The was some dispute over the accuracy of that. There were reports of players being furious over Stern saying that because they say it wasn't offered. Some saw it as a brilliant PR move from Stern to put pressure on the players to get back in the bargaining room and make a deal.
Everybody wants everybody on their side so if he told the media whatever he told them that is just to get everybody who doesn’t really know what is going on on their side. That’s the way he wants to play the game and that’s the way he’s playing the game. Everybody, the truth will come out when it’s all said and done. The books haven’t been all the way open so you never know know what’s not being said. I just try to leave that part alone and just focus on coming to this agreement.Of course Brown has been teammates with Derek Fisher for the past few years so it's likely they've talked since Monday. But Brown's pretty much calling Stern a liar here. A lot of players evidently feel this way but saying "the truth will come out when it's all said and done" is a pretty strong indication Brown thinks Stern is lying.
And here's the thing: Stern very well could've been lying. He could've been using the media as a negotiating tool, which isn't anything new. Stern's a brilliant negotiator and you better believe he has a reason and plan behind everything he says and does. So this 50-50 claim had a motive, whether it was just Stern sharing the truth to put pressure on the players or him making up something to do the same.