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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Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine has had a great and busy offseason. He had some grueling workouts with his father, supported his teammates during NBA Summer League and even took some batting practice with former NL MVP Kris Bryant. But the best part of LaVine’s busy offseason was a very, very cool gift from his parents.
LaVine’s mom and dad gifted him a 1968 Pontiac LeMans, a rare and very collectible vehicle.
Bulls fans were first exposed to LaVine’s love of classic cars last season when he discussed his infatuation with the stable of classic vehicles owned by Jabari Parker.
With his ‘68 Pontiac LeMans now in tow, LaVine is well on his way to amassing his own impressive collection. He has a reputation in league circles for being an extremely hard worker already but there is no doubt that this awesome gift from his parents will serve as a little extra motivation as the 2019-20 season nears.
On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski and Kevin Anderson are joined by SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell
0:50 Ricky on his Top 11 players from NBA Summer League story and why Coby White was 11th
2:45 Realistic expectations for White next season
3:40 Will Kris Dunn be on opening night roster?
4:55 Mark disagrees with Ricky on where White will be in the rotation
7:10 On Chandler Hutchison and his role
9:50 Could LaVine see minutes at the small forward spot?
11:00 On Daniel Gafford and his summer league performance
15:20 On Bulls 2019-20 win total over/under at 30.5
16:55 Which team in the East can the Bulls overtake and make the playoffs?
22:00 Going over the western conference and which teams have realistic championship potential
Editor’s note: Kevin stated he thinks Portland has the best healthy backcourt in the NBA right now completely forgetting about Russ and Harden. He regrets the error.
29:30 The short list of contenders in the East
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