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NBPA's Derek Fisher rips McGee for 'fold' comment

Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:09 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2011 2:22 am
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

On Friday, the National Basketball Players Association held a regional meeting in Los Angeles to discuss the ongoing labor negotiations with the NBA. As noted earlier, Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee exited the meeting before it was over and admitted to reporters that "some guys are in there saying they're ready to fold." McGee immediately denied making that comment on Twitter, but the damage was done, as audio of his comments quickly surfaced.

In a press conference following the meeting, NBPA president Derek Fisher had some harsh words for McGee. 

"Look, let me say this," Fisher said. "The person who spent the least amount of time in the room can't make that statement. He's in no position to make that statement on behalf of the group."

Fisher continued: "As I said earlier, it's obviously fair in negotiations of this magnitude that we're going to have guys with differing opinions because we have guys that are in different positions. We have guys who are free agents this summer that are extremely excited about trying to get a deal done because for the first time they really have an opportunity to get paid by a team that really wants their services. We have guys who are veteran guys who know they only have two or three or four more years left to play, and they want to get back on the court. We have guys who just got drafted who still haven't had a chance to put on their uniform and play for the team they got drafted by."

Rather than focusing on differing opinions, Fisher argued, the focus should be on the union's ability to exit its meetings with a consensus. 

"Within all those different prospects and positions, you're going to have differing opinions and thoughts about what should be going on," Fisher said. "But at the end of the day, that's my job, Billy's job, Maurice's job, our player reps and our guys to weigh the statements made by the guys who spend the least amount of time in the room versus the guys' statements who spend the most amount of time in the room. At the end of the day, we come out with a decision that's best for a majority of our guys."

At that point, NBPA executive director Billy Hunter interjected and attempted to deflect some of the potential criticism.

"It was a shame [McGee] left so soon," Hunter said. "As it turned out, the pacifists in the room happened to be me and Derek. These guys behind us happen to be extremely strident. They thought we were starting to weaken."

Here's video of NBPA president Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter reacting to a question about JaVale McGee saying that some NBA players are "ready to fold."


Comments

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:45 am
 

NBPA's Derek Fisher rips McGee for 'fold' comment

Well that didnt work out well. Why let me put lines through things and then post it like that. Oh well.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:44 am
 

NBPA's Derek Fisher rips McGee for 'fold' comment

They think we are all idiots. Let me fix Fisher's statement. <br /><br />We have guys who are free agents this summer that are extremely excited about trying to get <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">a deal done because for the first time they really have an opportunity to get paid by a team that really wants their services.</span> a ridiculously big contract from whoever is willing to pay him the most and then he can just coast through the rest of his career. We have guys who are veteran guys who know they only have two or three or four more years left to <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">play, and they want to get back on the court</span> get paid huge amounts to play a game.  We have guys who just got drafted who still haven't had a chance to <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">put on their uniform and play for the team they got drafted by</span>. get their first huge paycheck"<br /><br />Just come out and say it's all about money because it's obvious. I am not blaming them for it but quit trying to put a different take on it because it's <strong>ONLY</strong> about the money.<br />




Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:39 am
 

NBPA's Derek Fisher rips McGee for 'fold' comment

Yo Hav...you're probably like 12 huh?  ALL the players are acting selfish here...everyone knows this.  As far as anyone individual to represent the players...DFish is probably the most professional athlete to ever exist.



Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:36 am
 

NBPA's Derek Fisher rips McGee for 'fold' comment

Well said Redsfan



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:07 am
 

NBPA's Derek Fisher rips McGee for 'fold' comment

Players make an average of $5 million a year, and salaries for less than 500 players exceeded $2 BILLION. The NBA lost $300 million last year. Fisher, Hunter and the union are holding up the entire process for issues that best benefit the top 25 players and their agents, not the rest of the NBA....YOU TELL ME WHO NEEDS TO COMPROMISE.

Players need to shut up and go back to work... at a rate the owners can make a PROFIT, so us taxpayers that paid for NBA arenas can get some tax help to feed the people that would rather sit home and watch NBA, than work to help pay for it.  



Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 9:04 am
 

NBPA's Derek Fisher rips McGee for 'fold' comment

Great point!  There is a small window for those sitting at the end of their team's benches.  Yes, maybe they have squandered their "College Education", but if you knew you didn't need a 4.0 to get the job you wanted would you study hard or hardly study?  I think the owners feel the longer the lockout drags on the likeliness of the players caving is much higher. 

Although JaVale McGee's statement didn't help the negotiations it is the reality for those who don't have the national endorsement contracts. 




Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:44 am
 

NBPA's Derek Fisher rips McGee for 'fold' comment

Derek Fisher ain't fit to run this ish... Hunter should retire and hire some younger lawyers who want blood. Players getting hosed.



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:03 am
 

NBPA's Derek Fisher rips McGee for 'fold' comment

WHO CARES!?



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:03 am
 

NBPA's Derek Fisher rips McGee for 'fold' comment

Apparently McGee can mad dunk more than a basketball as he jammed that foot right in that mouth!!!  I don't think that should be shocking to anybody.  A bunch of players who aren't stars only have a couple years to set themselves up for the rest of their lives.  Almost none have an education to back them up so if they miss a year it could drastically change their lives.  Who cares what LeBron or Garnett think about the issues?  They never have to work again and very few in the union make their salary.



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:22 pm
 

NBPA's Derek Fisher rips McGee for 'fold' comment

Bleh


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