NBA player reps meet to discuss proposal
Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony were among those who joined representatives from all 30 NBA teams Monday to discuss the latest offer made by the league’s owners.Representatives will discuss whether to take the proposal to a vote of the entire league membership. If the offer is approved, the lockout would come to an end and the league would aim to launch a 72-game schedule beginning Dec. 15.If reps reject the latest offer, the threat of a less generous proposal would likely become reality. League commissioner David Stern has stressed repeatedly since the offer was made that it would be the best one the players received.Rumblings persist that a rejected offer would be immediately be followed by a move to decertify the union, a maneuver that would result in lengthy court battles and the termination of every player contract in the league – totaling approximately $4 billion.The two sides have been embroiled in a tense relationship as they work to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement. The standoff has already resulted in the cancellation of the first month of regular-season games, and further delays threaten the entire season.The two sides remain apart on several key issues, and reports over the weekend suggested that many players are unhappy with the latest offer.