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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Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for drug policy violation

Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for drug policy violation

NEW YORK - Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

The NBA announced the suspension Saturday, saying Noah tested positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 – something that can be found in over-the-counter supplements.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported the suspension.

Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and was likely to miss the Knicks’ final 10 games this season because of a knee injury. The NBA said Noah’s suspension will begin with the ”first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.”

Noah is in the first year of a four-year, $72 million contract. He and the Knicks (27-45) have been a disappointment this season. He averaged 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season, and has been limited to 75 games over the past two seasons.