Players union president Derek Fisher addressed his alleged meeting with the NBA and Commissioner David Stern on a Tuesday night conference call with the union’s executive committee, according to ESPN.
Fisher, according to ESPN, proclaimed his innocence in the conference call and answered questions about a supposed side deal he was accused of cutting with David Stern in a FOXSports.com column on Friday.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes has publicly backed Fisher.
"I've known [Fisher] for a number of years, and his character is second to none in my eyes. So what he does, I know it's for the good of us," he said. "It's almost like he's the president of the country. He's the president of the Player's Association, so all our faith lies in him and I fully trust what he's doing is for us, and for us to get to play again."
The executive committee is planning on meeting again on Thursday afternoon to discuss strategy. The lockout negotiations between the league and the players have stalled; an NBA lawyer has urged a federal judge to consider the legality of the lockout before the players file an antitrust suit like the NFL Players Association did during its lockout, according to ESPN. The NBA locked out its players on July 1 and Stern has already canceled all November games.