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Friday, November 25th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  17 responses

Dangerous Legal Move for Derek Fisher to Rejoin NBA Labor Talks?


Ever since NBA players sued the League and disbanded their union, the only people left to negotiate for both sides were lawyers. But now, Derek Fisher is said to be rejoining the talks this weekend, which could prove to be a risky legal move. From Yahoo! Sports: “[Derek Fisher's] appearance in this week’s negotiations – along with that of several other key Players Association officials – figures to run the risk of validating the league’s charges that the disbanding of the union was a ‘sham’ negotiating tactic. Nevertheless, the belief that the end of the five-month lockout is within reach this weekend inspired Fisher to make the risky move to join the talks. Representatives of the owners and players spoke on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the possible settlement of the players’ recent antitrust lawsuits – which would essentially be an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. It is felt that Fisher’s appearance is needed to reach an agreement on a deal. Several high-ranking sources – on the league and players sides – believe there’s a do-or-die nature to getting a deal done to start the season on Dec. 25 and preserve a 66-game regular season. Once again, the Players Association will have familiar negotiating faces in the room with the owners’ representatives: Fisher, executive director Billy Hunter, staff lawyer Ron Klempner and antitrust suit lawyers. Some on the players’ side still fear Stern is setting up the players with these talks and will use the participation of key union figures to show the disbanding of the union wasn’t for the purpose of filing antitrust suit in court, but gaining leverage in negotiations. Fisher understood the consequences, but sources believe there’s so much motivation to reach an agreement to end the lockout he needed to join the negotiating sessions.”

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  • robb

    He should stay out of it, at least pubicly

  • mytiman

    JUST END THIS GOD DARN LOCKOUT ALREADY. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF WATCHING OLD RE RUNS OF JORDAN GAMES ON NBA TV!

  • respect

    derek fisher go away

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    why do they need fisher again. he could text someone in the meetings back and forth and give pointers. This better not come back and bite them in the ass. Why trust the owners now?

  • Danny_W_UK

    At least this proves that DFish wants the Season to start, and wants the Lock out over. If Stern does use this against the Players, it makes it very clear to me who the Bad Guy is.

  • Patrick

    I don’t like Fisher. Seems kinda stupid to me. I hope he stays out. Don’t like Billy Hunter either..seems too much of a pro-union charlatan to me. Both of those arses didn’t let the NBA’s last offer go to a player vote..ie. undemocratic.

  • Exile

    All for whatever ends this. Stern has been pretty straightforward thus far, so I doubt that this is any form of entrapment. It is in all parties best interest to tie this off and get on with business. If that takes DFish getting involved (although I am not sure as to his relevance anymore)… good. Get it done.

  • http://wikipedia.org Eddie1

    Get some KG in there. Same result. Ain’t no Bball until 2013. Illuminate it. I actually enjoyed watching the Maui invitational…sad times my followers. Also do any of y’all have MW3?

  • Heals

    This shht is like all the cords behind your TV or cpu; just when you think you got everything untangled you find out you went the wrong direction with a couple cords and now need to go back again to undue it. But of course you can’t untangle one cord without untangling another one first, and before you know it you’re trying to shove a plug thru a hole the size of a dime…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign biged. A really poor move by Derrick Fisher if a deal is not reached. He could have had a presence in the meeting without being there in person and in the public eye.

  • Josh

    For the people saying he should atleast stay out of the public eye, that is irrelevant. It is Stern that would have the problem with Fisher being in the meetings, so staying out of the meetings in the eyes of the public does nothing. He has been the leader of negotiations along with Hunter so it seems only fitting he should be there, regardless if the Union is disbanded or not. He wants a season and as a person who put so much time and effort into that why the hell wouldn’t he be there?
    Also @teddy – are you that lazy that you can’t spell Derek right?

  • http://slamon Dave Costa

    Derek Fisher is a jerk!
    He should have retired last year! He is one of the worst
    point guards in the league. Last year watching him try and guard anyone was a joke. He shot like 39% from the field. BRICK after BRICK!!!

    Now, he is trying to make a name for himself and is failing not only the Lakers but all fans!

    Please disappear just like your jump shot did years ago!!

  • robb

    @Josh “[Derek Fisher's] appearance in this week’s negotiations – along with that of several other key Players Association officials – figures to run the risk of validating the league’s charges that the disbanding of the union was a ‘sham’ negotiating tactic.” Didn’t you read the article?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Jockstrap: Whoops, didn’t catch that. I can sure spell Josh alright, though.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    kinda off topic here but IF they did find a deal and the leagues first game is christmas, LA LAKERS vs. X TEAM would u cheer for Fisher b/c he did ultimatley find a deal or would u booo him cuz we’re not getting a 81 or 70 (for that matter) game season?

  • DaneWK

    David Stern is a greedy lil bastard

  • http://www.adultism.com justlenny

    Seriously efff fisher!

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