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Stern Hopeful NBA, NBPA Can Get Past Rhetoric And Reach Deal By June Deadline
Published February 9, 2011
THE KING IS HERE: Heat F LeBron James yesterday reiterated that he will "be part" of the CBA talks later this month during All-Star Weekend in L.A. James: "I'm not just going out there for the game. I'm definitely going out there for business. I will be a part of the labor talks. Even though it's a huge game going on Sunday, there's a lot of business that needs to be taken care of, too." Heat F James Jones is the team's player rep, but James "said he will not think twice about speaking up if needed." James "has attended meetings in the past, and says he stays as current as he can on the behind-the-scenes goings-on toward a new contract" (AP, 2/8).
FRANCHISE TAG? CBSSPORTS.com's Ken Berger noted TNT NBA analyst Reggie Miller said that a "franchise tag to curb player movement will be 'tough' to implement in collective bargaining." But "if that's what it takes to keep stars in small markets ... he's all for it." Miller: "It's good to have superstars in smaller markets because it helps the brand." NBA TV's Kevin McHale called the franchise tag an "interesting concept." Berger noted "depending on how it's implemented, a franchise tag would either give teams cap relief to help them retain a star player, further restrict star players' movement, or both." McHale: "I agree having the talent distributed throughout the whole NBA is much better for the game as a whole" (CBSSPORTS.com, 2/8).