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NBA players union leery of Silver’s comment

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS – NBA commissioner Adam Silver insists a “significant number” of teams are losing money. But several players waking the red carpet Sunday night at the National Basketball Players Association’s Players Awards insist they need to see proof before they believe Silver’s claim.

“I’ve got to see that for myself,” said Chris Paul, the president of the players’ union. “This is probably one of the first years I didn’t really pay too much attention. But we have a number of things we want to talk about, obviously some a little more important than others.”

Paul said the agenda is clear what the union will discuss, but declined to elaborate, or prioritize, the issues the players will tackle during union business on Monday. Nevertheless, Silver’s comments last week during a board of governors meeting was a prime topic among the union members who were on the red carpet.

Said the union’s executive director, Michelle Roberts: “This is an important time for the game, and it is critical that we have marquee players involved in the discussion. While I’m going to enjoy tonight (at the awards show), I’m really going to enjoy tomorrow (during the union meeting).”

Both Paul and Roberts said having LeBron James directly involved in discussions will help strengthen talks and provide confidence with the younger players who may be encountering their first collective bargaining agreement discussion.

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