Michele Roberts Rumors
At least one person with a front-row seat believes the cauldron may be ready to boil over, perhaps before a scheduled Feb. 17 meeting. “The No. 1 issue on their minds is officiating. And it’s only gotten worse over the years, (and) probably now is about as hot as it has been,” Michele Roberts, executive director of the NBA Players Association since 2014, told USA TODAY Sports.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts will tour the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis as part of a series of weekend events to honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.
On Sunday, Silver and Roberts will join members of the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Lakers, including Lakers primary owner Jeanie Buss, during a tour of the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, where King was assassinated.
After months of high-profile ejections and superstar frustrations in the NBA, and with tensions between players and officials so high that their respective heads of state spent more than two hours meeting on the matter in December, the two sides finally agree on one thing: Something must be done to relieve all this tension.
According to National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts, that private meeting – which will include three players on one side, three officials on the other and potentially a moderator – will take place on Feb. 17 during All-Star weekend in Los Angeles. And for the sake of all involved, they’re hoping this rarest of scenes leads to some resolution.