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Derek Fisher Sends Letter to Players About Thursday Meeting

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NBA players union president and Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher has released a letter to his fellow players telling them to remain strong and to be prepared to make Thursday’s meeting with the league a productive one.

The letter, which was leaked to Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick, asks the players to ignore the pleas from certain agents demanding the desertification of the union. Fisher asks his fellow players to remain strong and supportive of the efforts of the union.

Here is the complete letter from Fisher to the NBA players:

To Each & Every Player,

After the latest round of meetings, I thought it would be best to update you personally as to where the leadership of the National Basketball Players Association stands, where the negotiations stand where we are headed and the reasons why.

Without a doubt, someone will be leaking this. I know it. The moment you read this you will know it. So, I say all with the fullest transparency.

I was elected as your President. By you. For you. I take great pride and am honored to serve the over 400 members of our association. I and our Executive Committee take this job and this role seriously and will not agree to an unfair deal on behalf of you and our players. Period.
I’m not looking out just for the marquee guy, I’m looking out for the guy that dreams of being a professional basketball player and gets a minimum deal. I’m not just trying to protect the guy on a team in a huge market. I’m protecting the player that is in a small market with incredibly loyal fans.

I’ve made it clear, I want to play. You have each made it clear, you want to play. The fans have been unwavering, they want their basketball. The thousand of employees that work in the arenas, the ticket offices, the concession stands, they want a season. We all want to go back to work.

The league and the team owners have locked us out. This was not our choice. Our employers decided to stop allowing us to do our jobs.

My job since July 1st is to find a solution. To find an outcome that protects each of you and your livelihoods and continues to allow us to play the game we love so much and the fans love supporting.

Since before the lockout began, I have spent hours upon hours, days, months, years, working on preparing you, the fans and the media about the possibilities. Now as the lockout has set in, reality of the situation is here.

The most recent meetings in New York were effective. What you have been told by your agents, representatives and the media is probably speculative and inaccurate.

What actually happened in those meetings was discussion, brainstorming and a sharing of options by both sides. The turning point this past Tuesday was not a disagreement between the players and the owners. It was actually a fundamental divide between the owners internally. They could not agree with each other on specific points of the deal and therefore it caused conflict within the league and its owners.

So it is our hope that today, Thursday, at the owners meeting in Dallas that they work out their differences, come up with a revenue sharing plan that will protect their teams and are then ready to come together and sign off on the agreement we as a smaller group deemed reasonable.

Decertification seems to be a hot button issue today in the media. So I’d like to address it. I’ve read yesterday’s stories and find the position of these agents interesting. I have made myself available to each and every agent. But not once have I heard from them. If they are so concerned about the direction of the union, then why have they not contacted me? Each and every one of them mentioned has been in meetings with me. I’ve answered their questions, I’ve been told they support you, their players and our Players Association. So if there is a genuine concern, a suggestion, a question, call me. Email me. Text me. I’m working tirelessly each and every day on behalf of the over 400 players that they represent. Working for nothing but the best interests of THEIR guys. I don’t make a commission, I don’t make a salary for serving as President. I have NO ulterior motives. None.

It is because they have not come to me once that I question their motives.

I work every day on these negotiations. I work so that each player from Blake Griffin to Tyler Hansbrough, Pau Gasol to De’Andre Jordan, Dwight Howard to Jrue Holiday, Taj Gibson to Danny Granger, Steve Nash to Luke Babbit and every single player get a fair and reasonable deal. Not just for this year, not just for next year but for years to come. So that the league that WE the players largely helped build, continues to grow and thrive.

So to address the agents that have decided to say their piece yesterday, I don’t mind. Perhaps they are trying to make news. Perhaps they just want to show you, their clients, they are working hard. But what would be appreciated by the 400+ players would be the support of our agents and constructive ideas, suggestions and solutions that are in our best interests. Not the push for a drastic move that leaves their players without a union, without pensions, without health care. We just aren’t there.

I will remain committed to finding resolution to this because I know how important this is. I ask you to remain united with me and your over 400 allies, friends, brothers and colleagues. We are a powerful group if we remain united and focused on the task at hand.

I urge every single one of you to call me, text me, email me with anything. An idea, a suggestion, a concern, a question. I represent you. I work for you.

So to each player, each fan, each agent, each media member who ends up reading this…I stand behind this message. It comes from me, a 15 year veteran of basketball, the game I dreamt of playing as a kid, the game I love so much. I’m a teammate, I’m a father, I’m a son, I’m a husband, I’m a brother, but right now, the role I must work so hard to honor is the one as PA President. And I ask each of you to stand with me, stand by me and urge the league and the owners to come together and allow the game of basketball to continue to grow and thrive. We’re ready.

Sincerely,
Derek

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  • Magikwyrkz4u

    A very presidential letter and very good. To bad our elected officials do not work in the same spirit as Derek Fisher! The United States would be much better if they did. Thank you Derek. I would vote for you as president any day.

    • HappyAmerican

      Derek Fisher’s name has been floating around in political circles as a potential candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles.

      • Jan Meier

        I’d move back to LA just o vote for him.

  • die hard laker

    Thank you for giving us me a die hard basketball fan some insight on whats goning on please keep us informEd

  • Mosh

    This guy is the real deal. He really is the best guy for this job and I hope the owners come to an agreement so we can have a season and the little people can have a job and support their families.

    Thank you Derek!

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  • Jan Meier

    As a life long Laker AND basketball fan, I completely understand that even billionaire owners need to pay their rent. But, at the end of the day, it’s us the fans who are really the employers. If you don’t have your loyal fan base, you have nothing. And…a good majority of your fans can’t even put food on the table every day of the month and you guys are over here arguing about money.

    Seems a little silly now, doesn’t it. In the grand scheme of sports, the football players found a way to end the lock out and get back to work. I for one can’t wait to see the season’s first game. Even the lockout won’t keep me away from the NBA. It does however leave a bad taste in my mouth.

    Here is my sugesstion, take all the teams in the “smaller and less profitable” markets and move the damn teams. If this cities don’t want to support the NBA, there are many other cities that will. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. We are dying for an NBA team. Unfortunately, we don’t have a state of the art arena in which to house them. I ready to let them play at Thomas & Mack. At least we will see the areana out EVERY night.

    I am just sick and tired of hearing nasty comments from the football fans in this town. Oh, we settled out strike and the NBA can’t seem to even have a meeting without fighting. So, you know what, stop fighting and get back to work before the people you really work for turn their backs on you.

    By the way, what an articulate letter from DFish. By then, Mr. Fisher is a class act. Always has been and will always remain that way.

  • Mynor Barillas

    Go Derek Go

  • Tito

    I just move from Cable to Dish just to buy the League Pass and this is happening. Come on guys, I know you need money to maintain your social status and both sides only want more money. You are not doing this for the fans or the love for basketball, it’s all about the Benjamin!!!!

  • http://aol Zackmack mccord

    Fish net fish net fishynet, d fish get it going. Lakers baby!

  • http://fb shirley takau

    U go FISH….we love u and we stand by you and together with you .Im a fan of LA Lakers…and we believe in you…God bless you and the game that we so LOVE D…Basketball.

  • laker4ever

    Just had to say thanx D Fish… youre a great leader and role model on & off the court… now u & Kobe need to kick some but & get bout 3 or 4 more rings!!!

  • Minor Torrejon

    Thank You D. Fish you are the ultimate PA President and you are doing a phenomenal job, keeping us the devoted fans of LA informed and updated. I hope this whole pointless drama comes to an end sooner rather than later. I know I speak for everyone when I say “I’m having BASKETBALL withdrawals” so let’s get it done already and get back to work to bring “The Larry O’Brien” back to it’s rightful place which is back with our city Champions The Los Angeles Lakers.

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