EWING OUT TO SHOW THAT HE'S HIS OWN MAN IN CBA TALKS
Patrick Ewing's election as NBPA President "comes at a
very pivotal time for the players association," according to
Mike Wise of the N.Y. TIMES. With the "growing possibility
that the league will reopen" the CBA next year, "he could be
at the forefront of securing a new deal and coping with a
potential lockout." Ewing, who led a move to decertify the
union in '95, was accused with others "of essentially being
a tool of what many perceived to be an agent-led movement."
But Ewing and others "feel that many of their predictions
regarding the league turning into a caste system under the
current agreement have come true" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/17).
WOMEN'S DAY: NBA VP Rod Thorn confirmed that "the
league is preparing for the potential introduction of female
officials this season," according to Ira Winderman of the
Fort Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL. The final referee roster will
be determined later this month, but Winderman writes that
the league is "expected to add a significant number of new
officials" in the wake of the IRS investigation of several
veteran referees (Fort Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 9/17).