Jerry Stackhouse: Derek Fisher Not Qualified to Represent Players in Lockout

by November 03, 2011

It’s been a rough few last days for Union prez Derek Fisher, and now it appears that some NBA players are beginning to turn on him. Jerry Stackhouse tells ESPN Radio that he doesn’t feel comfortable with Fish representing him and the other players in the battle against team owners. Per EOB: “Not to say anything against Derek Fisher, it’s not that I don’t think he’s a great guy,’ Stackhouse said, ‘But I don’t want him negotiating my contract. I want an agent who knows the lingo negotiating my contract. Derek Fisher, he doesn’t negotiate his own contract. He has an agent. So why would I want him negotiating something even bigger than his contract? This [Collective Bargaining Agreement] is something more important to everybody.’ If that wasn’t clear enough for you, Stackhouse went on to leave no doubt that he feels Fisher is outmatched in the current negotiation. ‘David Stern, he’s made this league what it is,” Stackhouse said. ‘He’s one of the greatest commissioners in sports. He’s got that title, he’s got the NBA at the place where it is because he’s a shrewd businessman and knows how to work his way, play the media, play things up to get what he wants. We don’t do that. Players are emotional. Players get emotional. So no, I don’t necessarily, particularly want Derek Fisher or any of the executive committee negotiating a contract for me.’ While Stackhouse sounded reluctant to outright accuse Fisher of disloyalty to his members, he clearly left the possibility open. ‘I don’t know [if Derek met with the NBA],’ Stackhouse said. ‘I would hope not. I don’t think Derek is that kind of guy from what I’ve seen. But at the same time, he does have aspirations to possibly be a G.M. one day. If he can be the guy to bring the sides together in whatever way, maybe there would be an opportunity for him to be a G.M. I’m not saying that he has an ulterior motive but the possibility lies there.’ If there was a silver lining for Fisher, it was that Stackhouse’s frustration with the NBPA pre-dated Fisher’s tenure as president, which began in 2006. ‘Over the course of my career, the last 16 years, it seems like the executive committee is always making concessions,’ Stackhouse said. ‘More concessions, more concessions in each Collective Bargaining Agreement and this is no different. I don’t think there’s ever been a case where it seems like we have any leverage… We need to have more people who are capable of going toe to toe with David Stern and I just don’t think players who spend most of their time playing basketball and Billy Hunter are geared to do that.'”