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SBD/March 15, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Billy Hunter Takes "Pessimistic" Tone In CBA Update To Players
Published March 15, 2011
WATCH & LEARN: CBSSPORTS.com's Ken Berger cited a source familiar with the NBA's labor situation as saying that the "outcome of the NFLPA's decertification move will provide a 'road map' and a 'blue print' for the NBPA as it weighs its legal options when it comes to preventing a lockout or reacting to one once the NBA owners impose it." Whether the NBPA "follows the NFLPA's lead and decertifies will depend nearly 100 percent on how successful the move is for the NFLPA." If decertification "works for the NFL players, you don't need a law degree to see that the NBPA will run the very same play" (CBSSPORTS.com, 3/11). T'Wolves F and player rep Anthony Tolliver confirmed that the NBPA would consider decertification "if talks break down this summer." Tolliver: "It's something that's looming as an option. ... It's been talked about, but we're not sure we're going to do it. We're just keeping our options open." He added, "I want to follow the NFL's situation as much as possible and see how their players handle things. Hopefully, our talks go much smoother" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 3/12).