The fallout from yesterday's news, announcing the NBPA decertification via disclaimer of interest, continues to ripple through the landscape. David Stern has said the season is in jeopardy, and that is no joke. Even under the best case scenario, now that the legal mechanizations have begun the window is extremely small.
The last little anecdote at the end is interesting. According to agent Marc Fleisher, Stern finally made a mistake in these negotiations by issuing an ultimatum. Conversely, the players made their first mistake came at the very beginning when they seemed to think that the NBA and NBPA were on the same side.
Former Union head Billy Hunter explained in a letter what the decertification means:
"We will now function as a trade association to assist and support NBA players, but we will no longer engage in collective bargaining with the NBA owners...The Players Association will instead dedicate itself to supporting individual NBA players in the assertion of your non-labor rights to be free of any illegal restrictions on competition for your services."
David Stern issued a statement yesterday, and he has his new enemy - Jeffrey Kessler.
I linked to this story before, but it is worth re-reading now that the legal proceedings have begun. Until another attorney (Lester Munson, for example) steps in and does it better, this in-depth and informative post should act as your guideline.
The players never got to vote on the last proposal. Is that the sign of a properly functioning Union, or is that a failure on the part of Union leaders to listen to their constituency?
Lawyers, pounding the table.
Good luck with that, Derek Fisher.
Something doesn't seem to ad up, which makes this entire ordeal irrational.
More links after the jump.
Mason writes that this process has had a clarifying effect as to the motivation of the league ownership.
Psych. There are no winners.
Let's start with the simple equation: profits = revenues - costs, and go from there.
Young is pretty depressed. He's actually listening to Sara McLachlan.
Strauss argues that the most recent proposal seems to act as protection against the worst owner rather than a reward for the smartest one.
A grim smirk.