NBA Lockout 2011: David Stern Sends Memo Urging Players To Accept Deal

NBA commissioner David Stern sent a memo directly to NBA players on Sunday night, urging them to accept the owners' most recent proposal and have the 2011-12 season begin. The memo attempted to clear up what Stern believes are misconceptions about the league's latest offer.

Here is the most important paragraph from the memo, which you can find here:

I encourage you also to focus on the numerous compromises that were made to the NBA's initial bargaining positions in these negotiations, including our move away from a "hard" salary cap, the withdrawal of our proposal to "roll back" salaries in existing player contracts, our agreement to continue to allow players to negotiate fully guaranteed contracts, and our agreement to a 50/50 split of BRI. While we understand fully that our proposal does not contain everything that the Players Association wanted in this negotiation, the same is true for the NBA.

The NBA player representatives are meeting on Monday to discuss whether to accept the NBA's offer, which was obtained in full by USA Today. Stern's memo was part of a larger campaign by the league to speak directly to its players. The campaign included a Twitter Q&A and a power-point presentation with key talking points of the offer.

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