Dooling frustrated by leaked NBAPA information


Dooling frustrated by leaked NBAPA information

ATLANTA Keyon Dooling is one of the more level-headed, even-keeled players you'll find in the NBA.

But there was no mistaking the anger and frustration the Boston Celtics guard felt when details began to surface surrounding the growing rift between union president Derek Fisher, the union's executive committee and its executive director, Billy Hunter.

More than anything else, Dooling was troubled by the leaking of classified union information that included, among other things, the executive committee - which Dooling is a member of - seeking Fisher's resignation.

"I'm a union man, and I don't air union business," said Dooling, who is vice-president of the NBA player's association. "I wish that every man that's a part of our union would have the same principles as I do.

Dooling added, "it upsets me that we don't have the same cohesiveness that tight-knit organizations have, for whatever reason. It's ridiculous, it's hideous, it disgusts me that we can't keep our union business in-house."

BothSI.comand Yahoo! Sports reported that Fisher was pursuing an internal review of the union's "business practices" even though the executive committee said such a review was "unnecessary."

A memo sent to union members from Hunter - who appears to have the support of the executive committee - was obtained bySI.comthat indicated the committee, "voted to rescind the resolution it made last week to conduct a review of the NBPA's practices and finances" because "the review was unnecessary since there had ben a recent independent audit of the NBPA's finances which raised no issues."

The fact that all that information is out there for public consumption, does not sit well with Dooling.

"It's simple; somebody's telling. Somebody's talking," Dooling said. "I'm not airing union business. It's ridiculous. I'm a union man. I want to protect the integrity of our players and what we fight for and what's our rights. We don't do that through the media and through the public. It does no good, to have that out."

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.