NBA players' resolve beginning to crack

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NBA players' resolve beginning to crack

Derek Fisher.

Billy Hunter.

JaVale McGee?

You don't expect to hear McGee's name mentioned among the voices speaking out on behalf of the NBA players' union.

After what he said on Friday, you can understand why.

The players union met for more than three hours in a Beverly Hills hotel. McGee apparently had to leave early.

On his way out, he dropped these pearls of wisdom - or wickedly foolish talk if you ask some of his NBA brethren.

"Definitely some guys in there saying that they are ready to fold," McGee said. "But it's some guys that - the majority - are ready to stand strong."

McGee's comments regarding some players being "ready to fold" took on a life of its own, primarily because it was the first time a player had spoken publicly about players wanting to give into the owner's demands during one of their regional meetings.

As you might expect, McGee's comments were quickly struck down by those who usually speak on behalf of the union and its members.

"The person that spent the least amount of time in the room, can't make that statement," said Derek Fisher, president of the NBA players union. "He's in no position to make that statement on behalf of the group. as I said earlier, it's obviously fair in negotiations of this magnitude, that we're going to have guys that have different opinions because we have guys in different positions."

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Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.