Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Players prepare to vote on CBA
By Chris Broussard
ESPN The Magazine
With players itching to get ready to report to training camp, the National Basketball Players Association has canceled Wednesday's scheduled meeting with its executive committee and player representatives, according to sources close to the situation.
The intention of the meeting, which had been scheduled for roughly a week, was to examine the details of the new collective bargaining agreement. But having already been informed of the major points of the deal, most players told the union that they would rather report to their respective franchises in preparation of Friday's opening of training camp.
Some players also can begin taking physicals with their clubs Wednesday.
A memo was sent to the players informing them of the meeting's cancellation, the conference call and the voting process. Instead, the union will hold a conference call, which is open to all players, on Wednesday evening during which it will explain the finer points of the CBA.
The players will begin voting to approve the new deal Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET. The voting will run through Thursday afternoon at 4 ET.
The owners will hold their vote Thursday.
Chris Broussard is a senior NBA writer for ESPN The Magazine.