NBA Lockout: Decertification Push Revived By David Stern's Ultimatum

Expect to hear more about the drive by some players and agents to decertify the union after David Stern's 50-50 ultimatum ended NBA lockout talks on Saturday. Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that agents are already canvassing their players to determine whether there are enough votes for decertification.

Stern's ultimatum comes with the backdrop of player agents actively canvassing their clients to determine if there were enough votes to move forward with a decertification vote on the union, agent and player sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Before proceeding, agents and players were waiting on the outcome of the weekend's labor talks. Several agents and players believed support would grow for a vote on dissolving the union without significant progress on a deal.

Some 50 players participated in a call with anti-trust lawyer Len Simon on Thursday, with Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce considered the organizer. Most of the players reportedly to be involved in the call and a smaller one held Tuesday are represented by agents who had previously pushed for decertification.

If the players disclaim interest in or decertify the union, a set of them could file anti-trust litigation against the NBA. That would effectively kill the season, as Stern fiercely fought decertification via a federal lawsuit that seeks to disallow it.

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