Players gather to mull NBA proposal

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Players gather to mull NBA proposal

NEW YORK It's come to this, folks.

The executive committee of the NBA Players Association and the player representatives, as well as a few players, began meeting in a midtown Manhattan hotel at 9 a.m., a gathering that will go far in determining the fate of the 2011-12 NBA season.

The NBA's latest offer is one that the players frankly, aren't overly enthused about. NBA commissioner David Stern has said this latest offer will be the best the players will get.

And if they turn it down, the next negotiating session will begin with the players being offered a 47-53 split of the basketball-related income - down from the 49-51 band and the 50-50 split that's currently being offered - along with a host of other changes that are significantly worst than the current proposal.

So what do you think?

Should the players take the proposal on the table, or turn it down and call Stern's bluff?

In case you haven't seen the proposal, here it is.

Pierce to play one more season with Clippers, then retire

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Pierce to play one more season with Clippers, then retire

It's official: Paul Pierce will play one more season -- but only one more season -- in the NBA.

The former Celtics star announced today in a video post on The Players Tribune site that he will return to the Clippers in 2016-17, then will retire at the end of the year.

"[I’ve] got one more ride left," said Pierce. "One more season. One more opportunity . . . With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We’re hungry. We want to win a championship."