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Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher want 50/50 BRI split?

Posted on: October 29, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2011 5:35 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

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Is the NBA's highest-paid player prepared to accept the league's offer so that he can get back to work?

FoxSports.com reports that Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant and his backcourt mate, National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher, are ready to accept a 50/50 split of Basketball-Related Income with the NBA's owners. The NBPA's official proposal as of Friday stood at 52.5 percent for the players.
The belief that NBA Players Association president Derek Fisher has been co-opted by commissioner David Stern — and promised the commish he could deliver the union at 50-50 — caused NBPA executive director Billy Hunter and at least one member of the union’s executive committee to confront Fisher on Friday morning and make him reassess his 50-50 push, a source familiar with the negotiations told FOXSports.com Friday afternoon.

According to my source, at least one five-time champion, NBA superstar with the initials K.B. was on board with Fisher’s push for a 50-50 split. Hunter is firm that the players should not accept less than 52-48. According to my source, Hunter and a member of the executive committee convinced Fisher to stand firm at 52-48 after they questioned the Lakers point guard about his relationship with Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver.

According to reports, Hunter ended Friday's negotiating session, telling Stern the union would not budge on 52-48.
An ESPN Radio host also reported that Bryant and Fisher are open to a 50/50 split. 

In recent press conferences, Fisher has actually played the "bad cop" to Hunter's "good cop," keeping a dour expression even when Hunter exchanges laughs and jokes with NBA commissioner David Stern after Thursday's day of progress. Bryant, meanwhile, has preached union solidarity multiple times over the last year.

Circumstantially, both Fisher and Bryant have more motivation than most players to get a deal done. For Fisher, he must deliver an agreement or he will catch major Heat if a season is lost. For the aging Bryant, every season from here on out counts. He's chasing Michael Jordan for rings and for the all-time scoring mark, and a lost season at this stage of his career would be a fairly major setback in both quests. Bryant also possesses a no b.s. personality and a killer competitive instinct; both traits have to be raging any time the NBA cancels games or whenever lawyers prevent him from practicing his craft.

But, at least for now, the reporting is thin. With offers on both sides constantly in flux over the last two weeks, and with those positions likely to continue to see significant change during the next two weeks, it will take more than this to make reports of a divide among the NBPA's leadership stick. 

Hat tip: IAmAGM.com and HoopsWorld
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Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:29 am
 

Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher want 50/50 BRI split?

good call little ceasars. sounds like you know what you are talking about. i am a fan of 50 years but do not really claim to know too much about the league and what goes on behind the scenes. i like what you wrote and i apologize. you are right kobe is a superstar but i still cant help but think he cares about playing the game he loves "as much" at least as he does the money. i do tend to forget about the poor guys not making as much and i think people forget in general the part about these young guys finally having the dream come true of playing in the nba. these are the guys suffering right now and i think these fat cats at the top are destroying a league these guys have not even got a chance to play in yet. i know that if i were making 65 million i would not give a crap about trying to get another 5.



Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher want 50/50 BRI split?

It's Jordan Farmar.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2011 11:00 pm
 

Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher want 50/50 BRI split?

Sasha Vujovic? Did the dude shrink to 5 8" since the lockout? That can't be Adam Morrison or he would be openly weeping.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher want 50/50 BRI split?

The deal is there for the making at 51% or 51.5%. Both sides need to bend that much for the sake of the fans, the game and all those ordinary people who depend on the game to make a living.

The difference of 1% is peanuts to individual players and individual owners.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher want 50/50 BRI split?

Who are those 2 clowns that are behind Fisher and Obama? That cat behind the Fish looks awfully scary and the midget in back of the pres can't be trusted.
I believe it's Adam Morrison with the goatee, and the other player should be Sasha Vujacic. 


little ceasars
Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2011 3:46 pm
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Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher want 50/50 BRI split?

Who are those 2 clowns that are behind Fisher and Obama? That cat behind the Fish looks awfully scary and the midget in back of the pres can't be trusted.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher want 50/50 BRI split?

That's awfully generous of the Kobester to accept a 50/50 split. What does he care? So he makes 65 mill instead of 60 mill. Just shut up Bryant and go on your ridiculous barnstorming tour where some poor Chinese dude or Puerto Rican can spend 75 bucks just to watch you dribble around a ball.


little ceasars
Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2011 2:22 pm
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Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:46 pm
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