Union president Derek Fisher issued a letter to his fellow NBA players on Sunday evening asking them to show unity through social media on Monday. Derek also encouraged the players to attend a NBPA meeting scheduled for Monday in Los Angeles but that meeting was postponed after a Sunday night meeting between the two sides.
Derek along with union executive director Billy Hunter and the NBA labor negotiators including commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver met for five and a half hours at a New York City hotel. David said last week that if an agreement wasn’t reached by Monday, they would have to cancel the first two weeks of the regular season.
Check out the entire letter Derek sent to the players:
I hope you all received Billy’s letter regarding meetings on both coasts. You are all invited and I look forward to seeing many of you at the Los Angeles meeting taking place tomorrow, Monday, October 10th in the afternoon. I urge each of you to attend if at all possible. We find these meetings extremely productive and informative as we review the status and details of the CBA negotiations, answer questions and discuss next steps.
Chris Paul and I will also be utilizing our personal social networking channels to show the fans and you all, that we are united and want to get back to work under a fair deal.
On Monday, Chris and I will tweet and post “LET US PLAY.” This was used by the NFL players and many will be joining us on Monday and retweeting the same message to show their support for our players. I will also be using the hash tag #StandUnited after all my messages until this lockout is over.
We invite you each to do the same. To show our unity and to remind the fans that this is not our choice and we would like to go back to work and play the game they love to support.
My twitter is @DerekFisher and Chris’ is @OneandOnlyCP3. Please feel free to send me yours so we can support each other.
Again, look forward to seeing any and all of you on Monday at the meeting. Contact me in the meantime if you need anything. Stand united.