Boies Planning Call to NBA Attorneys?
More days have ticked off the NBA calendar, more games and paydays and moments of happy distraction have been lost from season, more hits have been by both sides in the ugly squabble over billions of dollars and privileges for the privileged — and that hasn’t happened.
A phone call.
“If they had the same attitude that we told you six days ago — which is, this is a lawsuit that ought to be resolved — if that was their attitude too, I’d be happy to give them a call,” (David) Boies told the media folks who participated, either in person or via conference call, in his news conference Monday. “If it’s just a question of who calls whom, I don’t have any problem with making the first call.”
Boies was pressed on his refusal to contact the NBA’s attorney by veteran basketball writer Chris Sheridan, proprietor of sheridanhoops.com.
Boies’ voice rose in response. “In the face of somebody saying, ‘I don’t want to talk to you, we’ve got an offer, take it or leave it, we’ve got an ultimatum, we’re going to make no more propsoals,’ and somebody saying, ‘this is baseless, it ought to go away,’ that’s a waste of time to make a telephone call.”
Maybe not. Mike Bass, NBA senior vice president, marketing communications, said later Monday evening: “Mr. Boies is wrong. As the union knows, we’re very receptive to negotiations without regard to who places the call.”
And Boies, after his session with reporters ended, did allow that he might place a call by Wednesday.