NBA union president Derek Fisher emailed a letter to his fellow players Monday urging them to stand fast for a "fair" deal in their negotiations with the owners.
In the letter he referred to a recent report by FoxSports.com, quoting unnamed sources who said that Fisher had been challenged by NBPA executive director Billy Hunter and "at least one member of the union's executive committee" for allegedly seeking a 50-50 split in basketball-related income from the owners. Hunter has since told
"Usually I wouldn't even dignify absurd media reports with a comment," Fisher wrote to the players Monday night. "But before these reports go any further, let me say on the record to each of you, my loyalty has and always will be with the players. Anyone that questions that or doubts that does not know me, my history, and what I stand for. And quite frankly, how dare anyone call that into question. The Players Association is united and any reports to the contrary are false. There have been no side agreements, no side negotiations or anything close."
Here is the entire letter as sent by Fisher: