NEW YORK — Commissioner David Stern blames "greedy" NBA agents for trying to scuttle a new labor deal and believes they are trying to push their clients into a "losing strategy" of decertification.
And Stern says neither the threat of that process nor any request from the union will change the league's negotiating position, repeating that there would be no further discussions about the revised proposal it offered Thursday. If players don't accept it, Stern reiterates that he will move to the harsher proposal that is waiting.
Stern is aware of the numerous comments from players criticizing the proposal, and fears they aren't getting the proper information about its contents because agents worry it will cost themselves money.
Players will meet Monday and decide if they should vote on the proposal.