NEW YORK--NBA superstars such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony were among those present at Friday afternoon's labor negotiations session at a Manhattan hotel. The meeting, which lasted over four hours, didn't shed much light about progress toward reaching a deal to end the league's ongoing lockout, but the "sense of urgency" NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver referred to seems evident.
James, Durant, Wade and Anthony were joined by the likes of Paul Pierce, Baron Davis, Ray Allen, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand and Ben Gordon--along with union president Derek Fisher, Chris Paul, Maurice Evans and other members of the group's executive committee--for a players-only briefing while the owners met amongst themselves prior to both sides meeting. Afterwards, Fisher addressed the media, backed by several of the stars in attendance.
We feel it helps the process for our teams to hear directly from a lot of times their star players, their franchise players, the guys who mean the most to our game, Fisher said.
Negotiations will resume Saturday morning.
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On an emergency edition of our Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, Will Perdue and Vincent Goodwill react to the Bobby Portis-Nikola Mirotic fight in practice.
Hear what Vincent’s sources are telling him what happened, plus the group discusses how the fight will likely impact the team now — and in the long-term. Will also shares his story on why Michael Jordan punched him during a practice.
Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:
Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic were involved in an altercation that resulted in Mirotic suffering two broken bones in his face after Portis punched him, according to sources.
Mirotic, who’s out indefinitely, was evaluated for a concussion and taken to a hospital, where he was released but was apparently a bit out of it, according to a source. The altercation began with pushing and shoving between the two before Mirotic lunged forward at Portis and Portis hit Mirotic, sending him to the floor.
“I’ve seen worse,” a witness said.
Mirotic was taken to the training room and Portis went to the other side of the floor.
Apparently the two have had testy moments since Portis entered the league in 2015. The two play the same position and have battled for minutes, with Portis often getting the short end in the rotation.
Where this leaves Portis with the Bulls for the immediate future as far as a suspension is unknown.
But what was supposed to be a so-called nondescript season has suddenly put the spotlight on the players and the coaching staff, who’ll have to navigate the relationship between the two teammates.