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Billy Hunter denies rift with Derek Fisher

Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:09 am
Edited on: October 31, 2011 11:11 am
Posted by Royce Young

Tensions are high right now with the NBA's labor negotiations. Both sides are pushing hard for a deal, fans are getting more and more restless and there are players out there that are looking at a 50-50 revenue split and saying, "Let's just play."

The union has always tried to stay on message: Stand united. But the deeper it does, the more opportunity there is for something divisive to split up opinions. And with Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter leading the charge for the players, it would only be natural that the two butt heads a bit. Which they are, says
This is fact: The belief that NBA Players Association president Derek Fisher has been co-opted by commissioner David Stern — and promised the commish he could deliver the union at 50-50 — caused NBPA executive director Billy Hunter and at least one member of the union’s executive committee to confront Fisher on Friday morning and make him reassess his 50-50 push, a source familiar with the negotiations told Friday afternoon.
That, however, isn't true so says Hunter. Hunter and Fisher are still totally cool, via Sports Business Daily:
NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter disputed a report that indicated there was a rift between himself and union President Derek Fisher. Hunter, in a telephone interview with SportsBusiness Journal late Sunday evening, said he did not confront Fisher about him pushing for players to take a 50-50 split of basketball revenues on Friday morning, hours before talks to end the NBA lockout broke down.
Whew, this isn't getting less and less fun by the day.

There's so much random, sourced information flying around right now that it's incredibly hard to sift through and figure out what's real and what's not. It's hard to judge if it could be a PR tactic planted by the other side, if it's real or if it's just something misunderstood.

And as frustrating as it is for fans to have to deal with all this stuff, imagine what it's like for Hunter, Fisher, Stern and Silver. They have a message to deliver and it gets intercepted and corrupted half the time by an anonymous source. Has to be frustrating.

You know what would fix all of that though? A labor deal. Just saying.

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:02 pm

Billy Hunter denies rift with Derek Fisher

 watch the game they can learn a thing or two from these kid's who don't get payed

Who else laughed out loud if they read this? 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:43 am

Billy Hunter denies rift with Derek Fisher

The leadership on both sides is comically bad. Not only are the union and league fighting each other, both sides are fighting internally. Neither side has the foresight or sense of self-preservation needed to not kill a season over two lousy points. And this isn't just any season they are lining up in the crosshairs. We're coming off one of the five best seasons ever. Momentum = gone. Irrelevance = here. Keep in mind, this horrible system that the owners need to blow up is one that their puppet commissioner killed 32 games for in 1998. The owners fought for this system. Now it's the worst thing ever? If so, how does Stern have a job? He'll tell anyone that will listen that his league is losing money. He'll tell you that the system he created does not work. So why is he being trusted to get a new system that will work? I used to be angry over this whole absurd mess, but now I'm the NBA's worst nightmare: a former fanatic that now no longer cares. Just go away, NBA. Go away, stay away, and shut up.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:41 am

Billy Hunter denies rift with Derek Fisher


Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:36 am

Billy Hunter denies rift with Derek Fisher

Who cares.  Really cancel the season and see if anyone misses them.  Thank god College BB is about to begin.  Maybe while these NBA cry baby's sit and home and watch the game they can learn a thing or two from these kid's who don't get payed.  Playing for the love of the game and the all out play they show.  They may not have the same skill set but you can doubt their heart and desire. 

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