As the NBA labor negotiations continue to swing back and forth with negative and positive vibes, the owners and players will gather to meet again on today at lunchtime with expected new proposals on the menu.
While that sounds promising and certainly a positive development, ESPN's Ric Bucher procured a letter from six power agents warning the players not to sign any deal as they continue pushing for decertification. As ugly and nasty as that sounds, Bucher does a nice job of breaking down the rationale behind the agents' actions as a means to call, what they feel is David Stern's bluff with regard to the NBA's reported financial losses.
Player rep, Derek Fisher responded with his own letter to the players imploring them to stand with the NBPA as the negotiations come to a head. Any momentum towards a deal not seized today could result in lost games which in the end leaves it up to commissioner David Stern. How far is he willing to go?
After the jump, loads of lockout links including a look back at a 1998 column by Thomas Boswell of The Washington Post which predicts the predicament the league is in today.
- NBA: Agents' letter raises fair questions - ESPN
- Top NBA agents gives players list of demands for labor meeting - Sam Amick - SI.com
- NBA labor talks last for five hours, Tuesday a key day - Sheridan
- Powerful agents warn NBA players not to cave - CBSSports.com
- Prominent NBA Agents Send Memo to Players - Sheridan
- Derek Fisher sends letter to dispute agents - CBSSports.com
- Blame Stern if push comes to shove in NBA talks - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
- A moment of truth arrives in NBA talks - CBSSports.com
- NBA Lockout Talks: Tuesday Negotiation Session Could Make Or Break Season - SBNation.com
- Quote of the Day: Thomas Boswell Predicts the 2011 Lockout in ’98 | Sports Media Watch