The labor battle between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association was an ugly, protracted affair that nearly led to the season’s cancellation. But that was an appetizer compared to the entree that’s starting to boil over: a spat between Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher, the union’s executive director and president, respectively.
Fisher, who spent most of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers before joining the Oklahoma City Thunder last month, recently sought an independent review of the union’s business practices, intimating that something is amiss. The union’s eight-player executive committee responded with a unanimous vote of no confidence and asked him to resign. He has refused.
“I along with many others are extremely disappointed with the executive committee,” Fisher wrote in an email distributed by his publicist last week. “Their demand for my resignation and their need to protect the NBPA management and their