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Thursday , Sep , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Roger Mason on negotiations: ‘no where near a deal’

Just finished a long day of negotiations. Unfortunately we are No Where Near a deal! It's def disappointing!

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They learned hope is not a strategy. They learned this the hard way.

Heading into Tuesday’s meeting with owners, the players were optimistic they would begin the process of negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.

There was no reason for optimism, though. Both sides weren’t budging off the lines they drew in the sand several months ago.

The owners still wanted a hard cap. The players still would not agree to this.

The owners still wanted a 50-50 split of Basketball Related Income. The players still would not agree to this.

The owners still wanted to change the league’s financial landscape. The players still would not agree to this.

Now union leaders like Roger Mason and Derek Fisher are changing their message, warning the players that training camp won’t start on time and that the season could be cancelled.

This is what they’ll tell their fellow players when they meet today to discuss the lockout. Buckle up, the labour impasse is just beginning and getting nasty.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Sep , 12 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Derek Fisher told players to be ‘physically prepared’ for season?

One league source claims that union president Derek Fisher text-messaged numerous players last week indicating that some progress had been made and imploring them to be physically prepared just in case the season started on time.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will they? Won’t they?

Currently, there’s a great deal of back-and-forth about whether the players and owners can get their you-know-what-together so there’s a season.

Every sign is being investigated and analyzed -like Roger Mason’s now infamous tweet that was intended for Amar’e Stoudemire, but became public.

Now there’s word Union President Derek Fisher sent a text to the players last week suggesting they be physically ready in case the season starts on time.

What to believe?

Regardless of what the owners and union are saying publicly, there appears to be progress. After all, both sides are bringing in their full staffs for the next negotiating session.

Hopefully, it results in another step towards a new collective bargaining agreement -and a season.

--Oly Sandor.


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Friday , Sep , 09 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Roger Mason Tweets to Amar’e Stoudemire: ‘Looking like a season’

Stoudemire is in constant communication with Knicks guard Roger Mason Jr., who is on the negotiating committee.

Mason tweeted yesterday, “Looking like a season. How u.” The tweet got major play until Mason deleted it and claimed his Twitter account was hacked. However, speculation is he sent it as a private message and hit the wrong button.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Thank God for Twitter.

The social networking site has provided the basketball world with its greatest clue that players and owners may be moving towards a new collective bargaining agreement.

New York Knicks union rep Roger Mason tried to alert teammate Amar’e Stoudemire that a season could be on the horizon. Unfortunately, he hit the wrong button, making what was supposed to be a private tweet available to the public.

This prompted Stoudemire to tell reporters he’s hearing good things about upcoming labour negotiations.

Accident or not, we’ll take it. It’s a sign - a good sign that basketball is coming. For now, that’s enough.

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