Saturday , Jul , 30 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Derek Fisher: Players not focusing on Basketball Related Income

“We have agreed in some ways to maybe table the economic issues, if possible, and really focus on some of the system issues and some non-economic items that are still extremely important to rounding out a collective bargaining agreement,” Fisher said.

Fisher said NBA owners have so far viewed the negotiations differently, caring more about the bottom line than the system: “They want to get a number set, and then they’re not as concerned about the way the system looks if they get the right number. But we don’t think that’s the best way to approach it.

“We want to make sure we keep a fair system in place for all players now and coming in later. And I think the numbers will kind of take care of themselves.”


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Player Union President Derek Fisher saying the money doesn’t matter is like an NBA player saying winning or losing doesn’t matter.

This entire lockout is about money, specifically how owners and players divvy up the Basketball Related Income (BRI).

Everything else comes second. The salary cap, guaranteed contracts, revenue sharing, and league parity can’t be tackled until owners and players agree on the split of BRI.

So Fisher should cut the BS. Same with Commissioner David Stern and the cronies he represents, who have created this remarkably well-to-do middle class for the players.

The Players Union and owners need to address the money at Monday`s meeting. They need to make progress on the BRI and then focus on systemic issues.

–Oly Sandor.

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