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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

November 19, 2013 Updates

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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