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THE HUNTER OR THE HUNTED? USA TODAY EYES NBA LABOR PAINS
Published April 2, 1998
NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter is profiled by USA TODAY's Roscoe Nance as part of the "In Focus" section on the NBA's labor negotiations. Hunter: "I know how to brawl. I don't relish a fight. I don't want to fight if I don't have to. If we can reach some agreement that we think is fair and we don't have to take a step back on, a fight can be avoided. But we're prepared to fight" (USA TODAY, 4/2). Nance also details the looming issues in the labor talks and calls the Larry Bird exception (where teams can re-sign their own players by going over the salary cap) the "key issue." Altering the Bird exception is the "most likely method for owners to gain the fiscal relief they're seeking (USA TODAY, 4/2). Bird said the exception has "sort of ruined the league, hasn't it?" But he adds, "That's one thing that if I was a player, I wouldn't give up" (USA TODAY, 4/2).