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Thursday, August 18th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  12 responses

Kobe Bryant Urges NBA Players to ‘Stay United’ in Labor Fight


Kobe Bryant made an impassioned plea to fellow NBAers, urging them to stand behind their union as they continue their interminable battle with team owners. From CBS Sports: “Before a star-studded audience of about 75 players in Los Angeles Tuesday, Bryant was ‘up front’ and ‘deliberate’ in a speech in which he urged players to maintain solidarity and ‘stand behind the union’ during the lockout, according to a person who was in attendance. Bryant and Paul Pierce told players Tuesday it was important for them to ‘remain united’ in the face of a lockout that has dragged well into its second month with only one full-scale bargaining session, the person who attended the meeting said … Contacted for comment on the player meetings, union chief Billy Hunter said he also briefed a contingent of about 20 agents on the status of negotiations Tuesday before traveling to Las Vegas, where he was meeting with about 35 players Wednesday. Hunter also will meet with players next week in Houston, Chicago and New York. ‘Our message is that there’ve been several proposals back and forth, and the last proposal by the NBA would be a giveback of $8 billion over 10 years,’ Hunter told CBSSports.com. ‘The players understand and they’re supportive.’ Hunter said there was a ‘divergence of opinion’ among the agents about the National Basketball Players Association’s decision not to disclaim interest in representing the players – and the players’ decision not to decertify. Some high-profile agents have clamored for decertification, which would send the dispute to the federal court system under antitrust law. Hunter has so far resisted, preferring to explore the possibly more expeditious path to an injunction lifting the lockout, which could result if the union is successful in getting the National Labor Relations Board to issue an unfair labor practices complaint against the NBA.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    MORE CRAP

  • tomtom

    @unfrozen ca… you sir are the biggest troll in the history on slamonline. And being that much of a douche is an achievement and a half my friend.

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    Failing to understand the long words Unfrozen? Let me know you need any help.

  • CubicleWorker

    I’m so sick of Billy Hunter, it’s not $8 Billion of givebacks… its more like $2B give back over two years, and freezing $6 Billion of future salary increases.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    @ Tomtom I think it’s a three way tie between Bull22, Spanny amd Unfrozen. You couldn’t go wrong either way.

  • ti-sizzle

    lol spanny’s the worst….

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    I hope Billy Hunter knows that the NBA isn’t as popular as the NFL and sadly probably never will be.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Yeah, Spanny’s still king of the trolls around here…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If you have salary increases in guaranteed in your salary in you don’t get them, isn’t that giving back money? When my employer forced me and my peers to take unpaid leave, that was a salary giveback. We didn’t have to give them any physical money, but we had to forego payment that was owed to us under our salary agreement.

  • bike

    Well, it’s one thing for Kobe to say this since he’s made his fortune…let’s hear from some mid to lower level salary guys.

  • LA Huey

    ^Actually, standing together helps the mid-level guys. Superstars will get their money regardless.

  • Double J

    LA Huey tell ‘em how it is.

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