NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Billy Hunter, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association (L), and Derek Fisher, President of the National Basketball Players Association speak at a press conference after the NBA and NBA Player's Association met to negotiate the CBA at The Helmsley Hotel on November 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter, the top two people in charge of the NBA Players Association, are reportedly at a standstill that could lead to the ousting of one of the two people in charge of ending last summer's lockout from the players' side.
Derek Fisher was able to lead the NBA Players Association to the end of the lockout that lasted until Dec. 8 last year, but NBPA executive director Billy Hunter has cast his vote to remove the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard as union president.
Fisher and Hunter have reportedly been at odds for quite awhile, but this week's reports indicate things are getting ugly, according to a recent report from the sleuths over at Yahoo! Sports.
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.
This showdown has been building for months and escalated in the past week when Fisher initially convinced the executive committee to vote for an independent auditor to look into Hunter's regime.
Nevertheless, Hunter helped to convince the eight members of the committee to change course and turn on Fisher. Hunter has been unpopular with many players and agents for his lockout strategies, which led to unprecedented givebacks in last summer's labor battle with the league.
This story will be an interesting one to follow, for better or worse, considering both Fisher and Hunter have at least two years left on their current contracts with the NBPA.
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