NBA union leadership wants Fisher out as president
Derek Fisher has rejected a call from the NBA players’
association’s executive committee to resign as president, instead
urging players to seek a review of the union’s finances.
Hours after the NBPA said in a statement Friday that the
executive committee voted 8-0 this week that it had lost confidence
in Fisher’s ability to lead, Fisher reiterated that he told them he
will not step down.
”I, along with many others, are extremely disappointed with the
Executive Committee,” Fisher said Friday in a statement. ”Their
demand for my resignation and their need to protect the NBPA
management and their own best interests instead of protecting the
players we were elected to serve is unfortunate.”
Fisher, who recently signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder after
playing most of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, has been
the union’s president since 2006. He led players during the
negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement this
A rift between Fisher and union executive director Billy Hunter
seemed to develop during the lockout, Fisher often speaking to the
media alone while Hunter left quickly after negotiating
The rift peaked Wednesday with the executive committee’s
”The Executive Committee based its decision on numerous
instances over the past six months, where Fisher engaged in conduct
detrimental to the union, including acting in contravention of the
players’ best interests, during collective bargaining, declining to
follow the NBPA Constitution, and failing to uphold the duties of
the Union President,” the statement said.
Fisher said any player may request an independent review of the
union’s business practices and finances.
”The allegations that are now being directed at me are
defamatory,” Fisher said. ”But I urge our members to order an
independent review beginning immediately and that will be proven
along with finding out definitively if there are any issues with
the NBPA’s business practices and finances.”
After the Thunder’s 103-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings on
Friday night, Fisher expounded on his earlier statement.
”Most guys who have contacted me said they support the idea of
a business review,” he said. ”They haven’t said much about the
process of how we got here.”
Fisher also spoke about his relationship with Hunter.
”I can’t speak for Billy Hunter. We obviously worked close
together over the last three years. I haven’t spent a lot of time
thinking about whether or not things that have happened or will
happen are personal,” Fisher said. ”My focus as president of our
membership is that I have an obligation under federal labor laws
that if there are things of concern or should be questioned, I as
an officer of a union have an obligation to look into it. It’s not
about personal allegations or pointing fingers at any one person.
It’s about the truth in general and the truth could call into
question everyone including my leadership and other people who work
at the players association.”