Posted by Royce Young
The NBA's mindgames in these labor negotiations have really gone to another level. Because now Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver is praising Derek Fisher and zinging his boss, David Stern. I don't even know where I am right now.
Via the New York Times, Silver was talking about Fisher as the union president and said this:
“In the well over 30 bargaining sessions, I cannot remember a single incident where he raised his voice. And, just a reminder — David Stern is in the room.”
Stern probably gave a coy smile when he heard this Silver quote and said something to the effect of, "Me, raise my voice? No way." But certainly credit to Fisher for that. Because like Silver said, Fisher's bargained with Stern some 30 times. Dwyane Wade did one time and (reportedly) got into a shouting match with The David.
It's interesting though because Fisher has become the face for the players instead of Billy Hunter. Which is opposite of the NFL. DeMaurice Smith was on the forefront for the NFLPA. So much that I have no idea who the player president is. That's how Hunter wanted it. He wanted Fisher up front.
“I told him, ‘I think I’m going to let you take the lead on a lot of this,’” Hunter told the TImes. “Over a year ago, well before the lockout, I pushed him forward. I’d say, ‘Rather than you stand around, you should be the one out in front.’ And he’s been doing a great job.”