DeShawn Stevenson has never been shy about expressing his opinions; and according to “Yahoo Sports” the veteran Free Agent guard has expressed his displeasure with former Executive Director of the now defunct NBA Players Association Billy Hunter. The guard who was a member of the NBA Champions the Dallas Mavericks, told reporters that he believes that Hunter has been inept in his handling of the negotiations with NBA Team Owners to ratify a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Stevenson said “I felt like we should have decertified in July. I feel like Billy Hunter is doing a horrible job because basically now (NBA Team Owners) know our hand. The media knows our hand. The owners know our hand. For me, personally, I don’t think there will be a season. Right now there is just a lot of bad blood and [the owners] keep putting offers out that we’re rejecting. So we’re not going anywhere.”
Hunter responded that Stevenson has the right to express his view points; however the former Executive Director says that his statements are totally off-base. He told the website “DeShawn is entitled to his opinion. It would be much more meaningful if he were more directly involved and would have understood what fully transpired and understood the issues. I think he’d be better informed. I respect DeShawn’s right to say and feel what he is saying. I can’t fault that. I don’t have nothing negative about DeShawn. He said it. It’s not justified, but he has every right in the world to say what he thinks.”
The two sides resumed negotiations on Friday, with the hopes they can get together on a new CBA this weekend. If the talks are successful then chances are very good that the NBA regular season could begin on Christmas Day.