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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.

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Vertical's Bobby Marks: Celtics a 'wild card' in Durant chase

Vertical's Bobby Marks: Celtics a 'wild card' in Durant chase

Many people think Kevin Durant-to-the-Celtics is a pipe dream.

But Bobby Marks of The Vertical isn't one of them.

Appearing on CBS Sports Radio's Gio and Jones Show, Marks said Durant's decision on where to play next year will be based on "a lot of different things. Does he go the one-year route that a lot of us think might be in play to get his years of service up to 10 and then next year he can really cash out? Can you win a championship going forward? I think that eliminates more than a handful of teams here, and then there’s also that stability factor and just how challenging it’s going to be for them to fit him in (from) a cap standpoint.

"Most of these teams that he will meet with will have to really gut a little bit of their roster outside of Oklahoma City and Boston.”

Boston?

“Boston is kind of a wild card here,” Marks said. “They’re in the East, so you don’t have to bang your head against San Antonio, Golden State, Portland, the Clippers. Yes, you would have the NBA champs in your back yard with Cleveland, but basically you would really just have them and Toronto.

"And Boston’s got a lot of ways to improve in the future (with all of of their draft picks). Durant could walk into the Celtics meeting room and say, ‘Hey, I want to play with Al Horford,’ and they’ll be able to create room to do so. That’s why I kind of put Boston up there along with Oklahoma City.”