Derek Fisher, Los Angeles Lakers point guard and president of the National Basketball Players Association, sent a letter to players Monday that was subsequently posted by Marc Stein at ESPN.com. The letter urges players to continue to stand together during the NBA lockout as a cancellation of regular season games -- and paychecks -- moves closer. It says that the union will push back against a hard team salary cap so long as the players oppose such a structure, and asserts that fractures among ownership ranks will help the players' cause soon.
"There are a number of team owners that will not lose the season over the hard cap system. We've been clear from Day 1 of this process that we cannot sign off on a deal that attempts in any way to include a hard salary cap for our teams. That has not changed," Fisher said.
The letter came as reports suggested Fisher will be a part of small group talks on Tuesday and possibly Wednesday with October looming.