According to various reports, the NBA refuses to meet with the union prior to league commissioner David Stern's Monday deadline to preserve an 82-game regular-season schedule unless it agrees to a 50-50 split of basketball-related income.
We told the union today that we were willing to meet as early as Sunday, NBA spokesman Tim Frank told reporters. We also advised them that we were unwilling to move above the 50-50 split of revenues that was discussed between the parties on Tuesday but that we wanted to meet with them to discuss the many remaining open issues. The union declined.
Stern revealed Tuesday that the league informally proposed an equal division of BRI, figures that have been reportedly disputed by the players' association. Union executive director Billy Hunter has expressed that the players wouldn't budge from a 53-percent share, down from the 57 percent they receive in the expired collective-bargaining agreement.
Union sources reportedly told multiple media outlets that the proposal wasn't a true equal division of BRI, as deductions of league losses would first be taken from the players. Reports indicate there will be a union meeting Saturday in Miami, the site of an exhibition game hosted by Heat trio LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh that evening.
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The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.
1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.
2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…
3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling.
On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times), Hub Arkush (ProFootball Weekly) and Jason Goch (SB Nation) join Kap on the panel.
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