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NBA PLAYERS HIT THE LINKS -- AND THEIR COMRADES
Published July 18, 1995
NBA players would be "crazy" to disband the NBPA, according to Spurs forward Sean Elliott in this morning's SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS. In a report by David King, a number of NBA players, in San Antonio for a golf tournament sponsored by the David Robinson Foundation, criticized attorney Jeffrey Kessler and players seeking to decertify the union. Elliott: "A lot of guys were told that decertifying would be the best thing for us in the long run, but that's just not right.....I went in to talk to my attorney about this, and he's an expert in antitrust law. He's tried several antitrust cases in court, and he said this would be a mistake. These guys are guaranteeing that something will happen in court, and you just can't do that." The Nuggets' Dale Ellis: "Apparently, these people didn't learn a lesson from what happened in baseball. There's a small group of agents who have a lot to do with guys not wanting to accept the deal, with things like a rookie salary cap. Those guys have made millions in the last few years with rookies." More Elliott: "I can't believe these guys didn't see what Major League Baseball and hockey did to themselves. I can't believe they didn't see it. It's crazy" (David King, SAN ANTONIO NEWS-EXPRESS, 7/18).