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Billy Hunter, the ousted former executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, has identified Kobe Bryant and his agent, Rob Pelinka, as the power brokers who pushed him to accept a 50-50 labor deal that Hunter claims was negotiated behind his back during the 2011 lockout. In a 21-page court filing this week in Hunter's lawsuit against the NBPA, its former president, Derek Fisher, and his business manager, Jamie Wior, Hunter laid out the case for how he believes he was sandbagged by Fisher during the labor talks. Hunter is alleging defamation and breach of contract in the lawsuit, and Fisher's alleged role in a so-called secret deal with the owners to end the lockout would be relevant if Fisher usurped Hunter's authority as the sole bargaining agent for the players under the NBPA's by-laws. CBSSports.com

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Reuben R. McDaniel III, an investment banker and chairman of the Atlanta Public Schools board, is among those being considered to succeed Billy Hunter as executive director of the NBA players union. The 52-year-old McDaniel said yesterday he has been screened by an executive at Reilly Partners, the Chicago-based executive search firm hired by the National Basketball Players Association to find Hunter’s successor. “I’m certainly interested in the opportunity, but it’s very early in the process,” McDaniel said in a telephone interview. Bloomberg

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The 72-year-old founder of a firm that handled the NBA players union's investments and finances has admitted to fraud. Prosecutors say Joseph Lombardo, the founder of Ohio-based Prim Capital Corporation, pleaded guilty in a Manhattan federal court Thursday to mail fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Authorities say Lombardo used a stamp to forge the signature of a deceased general counsel for the National Basketball Players Association and another employee, a move that awarded Prim a $3 million fee over five years. ABC News

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Caught in the middle was Jones, who had to deal with fellow executive-board members on Wednesday but also has to deal with LeBron in coming months. "LeBron's points were valid," Jones said upon his South Florida return. "He said the union had been in turmoil, had taken steps backward. The first step moving forward was reclaiming the union, which we did." To a degree, Jones said James accomplished plenty just by speaking up. "Make no mistake about it, our union has been a mess," Jones said. "It has been in turmoil. The general consensus of the players, not individual bodies, but the overall body, was that the union has lost touch with what its goal and mission was, and that the players weren't engaged. And we wanted to reactivate their enthusiasm." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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