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Derek Fisher to NHLPA: “Stay together”

Dec 13, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

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National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher knows a thing or two about work stoppages, having led his union through choppy lockout waters a year ago.

As such, he’s got some advice for the NHLPA as the NHL lockout drags on:

Stay together.

“The one thing I would offer is, the quickest way to resolution and getting something done is to stay together,” the Mavericks guard told A. Sherrod Blakely of “You don’t get anything done by becoming individuals and starting to separate. It doesn’t mean it has to take longer.

“But the most efficient way … is to really stay together, try to make sure you have one voice and one general focus in terms of how you’re trying to get things accomplished as a group.”

The 2011 NBA lockout went from Jul. 1-Dec. 8 and shared many similarities with the NHL work stoppage, including the most recent hurdle for hockey negotiations — contract length. (The NBA eventually settled on a five year max.)

What NHL fans are hoping won’t be similar, though, is the dissolving of the players’ union. On Nov. 14 of last year, the NBPA dissolved into a trade association and subsequently filed antitrust lawsuits against the NBA in California and Minnesota federal courts.

The NHL has warned against similar action from the NHLPA, with deputy commissioner Bill Daly saying that decertification would “likely lead to the end of the season.”

Fisher said that all aspects of reaching a new labor agreement is tough, but that solidarity and trust will see things through.

“It is tough, it is challenging,” Fisher said. “But at the end of the day, for the most part the people in the power positions from a players perspective, are trying to do the right things, trying to do right by what they were elected to do, and that’s to get the best deal they can get.

“If guys can trust that, most of the time things are OK.”

  1. ironmike778 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Whatever. Please keep anything NBA related out of here. That league is garbage.

  2. gunnyhighway88 - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I don’t care for basketball either, but i think he has a point. Decertification will only make matters worse than they already are right now.

    If they don’t get anything done between now and the end of the year, i can’t imagine they get anything done at all.

    • tatdue - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      When you say “he” I hope you are talking about Halford because Derek Fisher never said anything about decertification. Fisher s just advising the players to stick together as a unit….

      • gunnyhighway88 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM

        I didn’t word that properly, but I was just agreeing with Fisher in regards to staying together.

  3. id4joey - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Hmm! To use a basketball metaphor, is he telling the players to dish and dunk Fehr?

    • tatdue - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      What, now you can’t read Joey? He’s saying the complete opposite of that crap you wrote! He’s saying to stick together and stand behind their elected union reps and their leader because they are working for you!….Seriously Joey, resorting to an implication of lies now?

      • id4joey - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        Well! Tatoo. If I were to lie you would think I’d try to be less obvious. Or, one can say that I’m a bad liar I suppose. Nonetheless, FU! It’s obvious it was a miss read bimbo. So, back off!

  4. ducksk - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Great, now we have a nba’er sniping in. Shut ur pie holes and let the bargainers bargain.

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