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NBA, Union Hope All-Star Meeting Will Rejuvenate CBA Talks
Published February 15, 2011
FEELING FEISTY: NBA Commissioner David Stern appeared on ESPN's Bill Simmons' podcast "The B.S. Report" and discussed the CBA negotiations. He said when the league and the NBPA “engage fully, we'll be arguing about things like the percentage, shorter contracts, less guaranteed money and the hard cap." Simmons said, "In the players' defense, it's hard for them probably to accept the fiscal balance has just shifted out of control for the owners when last summer there were some really dumb contracts and extensions that were given out." Stern asked, "Why should this summer have been different than any other summer?" Simmons replied, "Because you just spent the last year before last summer telling us that the dollars just weren't working anymore." Stern: "I spent the last year telling you that overall the league was losing money. The pressures on individual teams to go out and compete and keep their teams together and try to win remain the same. So you try to come up with a system than encourages everyone to compete as fast and as hard as they can" ("The B.S. Report," ESPN.com, 2/14).
DON'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT: In Boston, Gary Washburn noted with the CBA set to expire in June and a "high degree of uncertainty about what to expect next season -- if there is a next season -- there has been little talk about potential deals as the Feb. 24 trade deadline approaches." Teams are "reluctant to take on pricy long-term deals when the salary cap may decrease or even become a hard cap." But Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban believes that the market "will heat up as the All-Star break nears." Cuban: "Relative to other years in terms of trade talk, I don’t think it’s really any different. It always goes through the same process" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/13).