NBPA president Derek Fisher was prepared to accept the owners’ proposal of a 50-50 split of basketball-related income and promised commissioner David Stern that he could get the players’ union on board, FoxSports.com’s Jason Whitlock reports. Billy Hunter, the union’s executive director, and at least one other member of the PA’s executive board confronted Fisher on Friday morning to convince him to “reassess his 50-50 push,” according to the report.
Fisher and Hunter “haven’t been on the same page throughout this lockout,” Whitlock writes.
Kobe Bryant agreed with Fisher, his Lakers teammate, that the players should accept 50-50, but Hunter remained firm in his stance that they should accept no less than 52-48, a source told Whitlock. Hunter and the executive committee member convinced Fisher to hold to 52 percent, but not before they questioned his relationship with Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver.
There’s some concern that Fisher’s relationship with Stern is similar to that of former union president Michael Curry’s relationship with the commissioner back in 2005, when the league’s previous collective-bargaining agreement was negotiated, according to Whitlock’s sources. A few months after the CBA was completed, Curry was hired by the league as vice president of player development for the NBA Development League. The following summer, Stern announced Curry’s promotion to NBA vice president, basketball operations.