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COULD JORDAN'S RETURN MAKE NBA STRIKE UNLIKELY?
Published April 5, 1995
Michael Jordan's return makes both the league and NBPA "even more hesitant" to enact a work stoppage, according to Melissa Isaacson in this morning's CHICAGO TRIBUNE. "Like it or not," Jordan is "thrust into most discussions concerning the NBA's future labor negotiations." Bulls Player Rep Steve Kerr: "Once they see him play again, they're going to think nothing's wrong with the game. It certainly puts the owners under more pressure not to lock us out." Jordan: "It's not like baseball where one side is losing money. That's not the issue here. In basketball, everybody's profiting. So all we ask is an even distribution when the time comes" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/5). Pacers Guard Reggie Miller tells SPORT magazine that he doesn't believe the players will walk out because of the popularity of the league: "There won't be a strike. ... Right now, we are the highest-watched professional sport. And because of the struggles of baseball and hockey, we've got such a big audience right now. I don't think anyone would want to spoil that" (SPORT, 5/95 issue).