The Union Will Force Five NBA Teams To Open Their Books

Yesterday we published a deep dive on the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the expiration of which is almost certainly going to lead to labor war. (The union has been forwarding it to player agents.) Beginning this year, the NBPA will exercise its option to independently audit the finances of five teams. » 5/14/15 1:32pm 5/14/15 1:32pm

The NBA Players' Union Isn't Happy With The NYPD

We’ll probably never know exactly why NYPD officers felt it necessary to arrest Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha outside of 1 Oak early Wednesday morning—the cops claim that they arrested Sefolosha after telling him six times to leave the scene of Pacers forward Chris Copeland’s stabbing—but we do know that Sefolosha was… » 4/10/15 1:59pm 4/10/15 1:59pm

The NBA Players Union Just Announced It's Ready To Make War On Owners

The National Basketball Players' Association announced today that it has rejected the league's "cap smoothing" proposal, an idea floated by commissioner Adam Silver that was supposed to be an artful way of dealing with the massive influx of cash that will be coming into the league once the new TV deals kick in. The… » 3/11/15 5:38pm 3/11/15 5:38pm

The NBA Players Union Made Two Big Decisions Yesterday

The NBA’s All-Star Weekend is mostly just a 72 hour party with some “basketball” thrown in there to give everybody a break from partying, but some important business is conducted too. Perhaps the most important is the National Basketball Player’s Association (NBPA) meeting, which happens every All-Star weekend as it’s… » 2/14/15 5:50pm 2/14/15 5:50pm

NBA Union Chief: Owners Don't Matter And Are Replaceable 

Michele Roberts's pitch to NBA players was simple: "My past," she said during her interview, "is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on." If any NBA owners were still sleeping on the new head of the NBPA, they'd best stay woke from here on in. Because going by… » 11/13/14 9:35am 11/13/14 9:35am

Instead Of Watching Basketball, Let's Read One Of The NBA Players'…

Two separate groups representing NBA players filed antitrust lawsuits against the NBA yesterday—one, filed by the trade association's carefully selected legal team in California, has five plaintiffs including Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant; the other names players Ben Gordon, Anthony Tolliver, Derrick Williams and… » 11/16/11 1:15pm 11/16/11 1:15pm

"It's A Pretty Obscure Lockout. You Probably Haven't Heard Of It."

Here's a photo of some NBA players who spent the day getting thrown up against a wall by David Stern. We'll save our discussion of BRI split for another day. For now, I'd like to draw your attention to the man in the hipster-snug flannel shirt, Baron Davis, looking very much like the lost black member of Fleet Foxes. » 9/30/11 7:55pm 9/30/11 7:55pm