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Decertification threat a strong message

Breaking down the process and its potential game-changing effects on NBA negotiations

Updated: December 3, 2011, 9:04 PM ET
By Larry Coon | Special to ESPN.com

As detailed by ESPN's Marc Stein and Chris Broussard, at least 50 dissatisfied NBA players had a conference call Thursday to lay the groundwork for potentially decertifying the players union. According to the New York Times, this group of players intends to push for the dissolution of their union if this weekend's talks fail to make satisfactory progress or result in an unacceptable deal.

By decertifying, the players would be throwing a counterpunch after being on the ropes for many ...

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