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SUGAREE!: UNION SAYS DEAL IS GOOD FOR PLAYERS
Published August 10, 1995
The NBA and NBPA are waiting until after the results of the NLRB decertification election are announced on September 12 to ask owners and union members to ratify the new deal, but that is not holding back reactions this morning. UNION LEADERSHIP: Union President Buck Williams: "All the hard work lies ahead of us. We have to put a lot of time and effort into explaining this agreement to make sure the players are informed." Williams, on the decertification effort: "There is no chance in the world this movement will go away. These insurgents are committed to the decertification effort. There is no way they will retreat after taking such a hard-line position. They will counter with some sort of attack. ... If this deal is not ratified, it's beyond me" (David Moore, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 8/10). NBPA VP Charles Smith: "I think this is a great deal for us. I think we will be able to get this ratified." NBPA Exec Dir Simon Gourdine: "None of the dissidents were involved in this agreement. But as we convey the message, we will remind the players and those that are close to them that we are still one union and it's important we operate as one strong unit. I'm very optimistic that as the word gets out, language from dissident players will be less vitriolic" (George Diaz, ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/10). PLAYER REPS: ORLANDO -- Magic player rep Donald Royal: "I can't believe that this deal won't go through"(ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/10). CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers player rep Danny Ferry: "The decertification side should take some credit in this deal getting better. And they should take credit in getting more people involved and concerned with what was going on. Initially, I think both sides were dealing with a pretty apathetic group. But this has been a positive thing" (Mark Asher/Richard Justice, WASHINGTON POST, 8/10). CHICAGO -- Bulls player rep Steve Kerr: "Obviously, getting rid of the luxury tax was key, and maybe that'll make the deal more attractive to guys like Michael, who's looking to sign that big deal. ... It's not a perfect deal, but if it was a perfect deal then the owners wouldn't be in favor of it" (John Jackson, CHICAGO SUN TIMES, 8/10). ATLANTA -- Hawks player rep Andrew Lang: "It's time to come on board. ... We have the opportunity to come out of this with revenue that is respectable and fair and one that makes sense from the owners and the players standpoint." (Jeffrey Denberg, ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION, 8/10). SALT LAKE CITY -- Jazz Player Rep John Stockton: "Everybody talks about how we have to sell it to all the players. But to me, it's not as much about selling as it is informing. Once everybody knows what this deal is all about it's no contest....On one hand, we have come up with a very good deal -- a very good deal. On the other hand, we go to court and roll the dice. What would you do?" (Steve Luhm, SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 8/10). PHOENIX -- Suns player rep Joe Kleine: "The agents are probably going to crucify this deal. But I'm pleased with it" (Bob Young, ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/10).