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Players union meeting next Tuesday in Miami. Who shows?

Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

Los Angeles Lakers’ Derek Fisher, center, president of the NBA players union, is joined by NBA players, union executive director Billy Hunter, right, and and other NBA players during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, in Las Vegas. Players will remain unified and calm in what could be a lengthy pursuit of a labor agreement, union Fisher says. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)


Last week, a couple days after one of the disappointing negotiating sessions between the owners and players, there was a players meeting in Las Vegas. One where they preached unity.

But only about 40 players — about 10 percent of the union membership — showed up. That was less than the number of guys playing in the Impact Series in that same city at the time.

Maybe Miami and it’s nightlife will be a better draw. Union president Derek Fisher and director Billy Hunter must think so, because Miami will be home to a players union meeting next Tuesday. The meeting will update the players on how there has been almost no movement in the negotiations.

Another poor turnout by the players will turn a few heads among the owners, although I’m not sure it really makes a difference in the big picture. Right now the union still has the support of the players and they have their line in the sand on a hard salary cap. But eventually the players will want to see a new plan from Hunter and Fisher to end this.