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NBA Owners May Push For Franchise Player Tag In New CBA
Published January 24, 2011
READY TO HELP: Celtics F Paul Pierce said that he "plans to participate in a negotiating session at All-Star Weekend" in L.A., as he did last February in Dallas. Pierce: "I’ve been keeping up with it and if we have a meeting, I probably will participate. I’m one of the older players. I’m probably one of the ambassadors of the league moving forward. I basically just want to see the league in good hands when I’m all done. That’s basically my reasoning. Even though the other (younger) guys moving forward are going to be around a lot longer." He insisted that the "veterans will have the best interests of the younger players at heart" throughout negotiations (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/23). T'Wolves F and player rep Anthony Tolliver said, "I did a lot of research last summer, before I signed the contract here, about the collective bargaining agreement. So I'm pretty well-versed on the current one." He added, "The general mood is the owners are far away from what we want, so we're preparing (for a lockout). So the advice we're giving is be prepared for it. It's a pretty big deal" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/23).
TIME TO MAKE CUTS? Lakers coach Phil Jackson "agrees with his girlfriend," Lakers Exec VP/Business Operations Jeanie Buss, in regard to contraction in the NBA. Buss in an interview with the Wall Street Journal last week said, "Contraction is something we have to consider. ... We may be in some markets we shouldn't be in." Jackson on Friday said, "I think that's what the commissioner said. So I think she's probably parroting what the commissioner said. I will parrot what both of them said" (L.A. TIMES, 1/22).