Players' union braces for contentious bargaining
NEW YORK -- One of the byproducts of last weekend's NBA brawl could be a poisoned atmosphere in collective bargaining talks.
At a time when they should be negotiating a new labor agreement, lawyers for the NBA and the players' union are about to fight a side battle -- an appeal of the lengthy suspensions given to Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal -- that could exacerbate an already contentious relationship.
Just six years ago, the league and union went through ...
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