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Derek Fisher, union must get deal done

Updated: November 3, 2011, 12:26 PM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNLosAngeles.com

It doesn't matter that Derek Fisher is blowing smoke in the public's direction by denying reports of a rift between himself and a few members of the NBA players' union. What matters is the reason he felt the need to do so, the effect it could possibly have on labor negotiations and whether he'll get the support he needs to secure a 2011-12 NBA season.

Fisher did the right thing by writing an open letter to players Monday, reiterating his commitment to them while attempting to swat away any ...

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