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Sources: U.S. Department Of Justice Investigating NBPA Contract With Investment Firm
Published February 14, 2013
CALLED INTO QUESTION: SI’s L. Jon Wertheim writes whether Hunter, a former prosecutor, was “indifferent or ignorant of the most basic professional standards, the report, at a minimum, calls his judgment into question.” Still, one “wonders if the players realize the potential damage of Hunter’s ethical shortcomings.” Wertheim: “Be assured that next time the NBA owners negotiate with [the NBPA], they’ll recall the current state of the union.” If this history of “mistrust and distrust costs the players 1% of their leverage, that’s a $450 million swing over the course of a 10-year CBA.” Wertheim: “Certainly, the players would do well to find a labor leader who won’t hurt the cause with his own ethical shortcomings and shortcuts, someone who can make compromise while remaining uncompromised” (SI, 2/18 issue).
THE END OF THE LINE? The AP’s Brian Mahoney noted the report on Hunter has “given players plenty of reason to fire him,” and some will “go to Houston for All-Star weekend with that intention.” Thunder F Kendrick Perkins said, “I just feel like it’s time for a new leader.” Some other notable players “agree, and plenty more could follow if they take the advice of their agents, many of whom have long disliked and disagreed with Hunter.” His future is “expected to be the focus of the players’ meeting, unless there’s a resolution beforehand” (AP, 2/13).