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SBD/February 5, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Aldridge Offers Candidates To Replace NBPA's Hunter; Fisher "Not The Answer"
Published February 5, 2013
NOTHING TO FEHR BUT FEHR ITSELF: CBSSPORTS.com's Ken Berger reported "several influential agents already are privately discussing" NHLPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr as "a possible successor" to Hunter. Fehr is the "early preferred pick among multiple agents with enough clout to sway a significant portion of union membership." Fehr "declined to comment when reached through the NHLPA Monday because Hunter remains in place as executive director" (CBSSPORTS.com, 2/4).
THE FISHER KING? NBA.com's Aldridge noted NBPA President Derek Fisher has “temporarily moved” to N.Y. to “work on the various issues" that arose due to the investigations into Hunter's practices. Fisher reportedly has “no interest" in taking over Hunter's position, which is "a good thing." Aldridge: “For Fisher, whom I respect greatly, is not the answer, either.” While there are “some arguments to having an executive run the union who isn't beholden to the NBA schedule, players want someone representing them who is in their shoes.” The NBPA “needs fresh air,” and last year's CBA negotiations harmed Fisher’s reputation with "a good number of players" (NBA.com, 2/4).