NBPA Calling David Stern’s Bluff?
Calling David Stern’s bluff with the backing of 29 player reps, the National Basketball Players Association rejected the NBA’s latest offer Tuesday and requested an additional negotiating session before the league’s self-imposed 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline to accept their proposal or subject themselves to a far worse deal.
“Our orders are clear right now,” union president Derek Fisher said, flanked by more than 40 players. “The current offer that is on the table from the NBA is not one we are able to accept.”
Billy Hunter, the union’s executive director, said he planned to call Stern and request further bargaining in the hopes of closing the gap on a list of at least five system-related issues that are standing in the way of a deal. Stern, speaking on NBA TV Tuesday night, said he “always” takes Hunter’s calls.