NBA Lockout: Players Union No Longer Seems To Be Headed Toward Decertification

The NBA lockout has not been solved yet, as anyone that is a fan of basketball surely already knew. The latest word out of the NBPA camp, though, makes it seem as if the talks aren't going to get as ugly as first thought possible as they will apparently avoid the mess that may have been caused by decertification of the Players' union.

Seven of the top basketball agents had been vocal supporters of overthrowing the union and dealing directly with NBA Commissioner David Stern and Co., even if it had to happen in the realm of the courts, but a conference call on Wednesday apparently quelled those plans.

ESPN's Chris Broussard has the quick rundown of the call.

Those agents -- Arn Tellum, Bill Duffy, Dan Fegan, Jeff Schwartz, Leon Rose, Henry Thomas and Mark Bartelstein -- had been strong behind-the-scenes advocates of decertification for the Players Association but, according to the source, now believe that the time to do so has passed.

This is actually good news for those hoping for a quick(er) end to the lockout as decertification would have had to go through the court system and, as the NFL showed, it wasn't exactly a surefire plan to begin with anyway.

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