Henry Abbott of True Hoop writes a must-read column Saturday, an examination of what went wrong last Tuesday. After word of progress began leaking out of a hotel suite in midtown Manhattan, it was crushed by the reality of increased and increasing intransigence, fueled in part by star power and more subtly race.
Abbott writes that the big issue remains the BRI split and that while some in the room thought 50-50 was possible, others inside and out did not. Beyond the confusion over the numbers, Abbott writes the entrance of star players like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce complicated things.
And he notes, the die may have been cast last year when LeBron James took on the role of GM in assembling a super team in Miami. "James did what 1,000 players have been dreaming of doing for years -- he acted fully empowered," writes Abbott. "It's a business revolution with young black men, basketball players, in the corner offices. A new way of doing things, long overdue, and happening now."
- The moment the talks fell apart - Henry Abbott - ESPN
NBPA leaders meet with players to stress unity - J.A. Adande & Dave McMenamin -ESPN
- NBA union says it remains united - Fred Kerber - New York Post
Billy Hunter calls out David Stern, vows players will not back down in negotiations - Sam Amick - Sports Illustrated
- No blowout needed; Stern should take labor win, make the deal - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
Fisher, Hunter respond to Stern with tough words of their own - Matt Moore - NBC Sports
- N.B.A. Players Union Fights Off Impression That It Isn’t United - Mark Heisler - New York Times
- NBA players not ready to fold in labor talks - Broderick Turner - Los Angeles Times
Union fighting off doubts from NBA players - Greg Beachem - AP