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ESPN'S ALDRIDGE SAYS NBPA MAY LOOK TWICE AT DECERTIFICATION
Published December 16, 1997
On his "NBA Beat," ESPN's David Aldridge reported that while the NBPA is "looking into" decertification should the league reopen its CBA next summer, "the agents for several high-profile players are concerned that decertifying may invalidate the guaranteed contracts their players have." Aldridge: "Lawyers are looking for precedence now, but if they don't find an answer that's satisfactory, the NBA's union could be without one of its most powerful arguments when it goes back to the bargaining table" (ESPN, 12/15). HOUSTON'S ROCKET: Charles Barkley appeared on ESPN's "Up Close" on Monday. Barkley, on his talk of a boycott of the All-Star Game and/or the World Championships: "I don't even know if we're going to have to have a boycott, because I think we are going to get locked out. I think there's no question we're going to get locked out" (ESPN, 12/15). OH SPIT! USA TODAY's Roscoe Nance writes the NBA "has alerted teams it is cracking down on excessive use of profanity by coaches and players." Offenders will be fined $2,500 and could be suspended (USA TODAY, 12/16).