The power struggle between The NBA Players’ Association president, Derek Fisher and it’s Executive Director, Billy Hunter continues as the season winds down. The executive committee at the urging of Hunter is seeking the resignation of Fisher.
Fisher has flatly refused to step down and has been working to gather a coalition of players to challenge Hunter’s business and financial practices, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Fisher has told peers he will not resign, but rather fight Hunter for further transparency regarding the NBPA.
Hunter had the audit canceled and sent a memo to players stating that the comittee, which includes, Clippers guard Chris Paul and Wizards guards Maurice Evans and Roger Mason, recognized that there wasn’t a need for it as there had been a recent independent audit of the NBPA’s finances where no issues were noted.
Fisher has 3 years left in his term as union President. Signs of discord popped up during the waning weeks of the NBA lockout where several players and their agents felt Hunter was making too many concessions for David Stern and the owners.
On April 18th, the NBPA executive committee cast an 8-to-0 vote that it lost confidence in Derek Fisher’s ability to act as Union President, and requested Derek’s resignation.
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. To avoid further damage to the NBPA and its 450 members, the Executive Board again calls for Derek’s resignation.