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Your Morning Dump… Where Pierce is vocal and Wyc is not


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Among the players joining Fisher and committee members Evans, Roger Mason, Theo Ratliff and Matt Bonner on Saturday were Paul PierceBaron DavisArron Afflalo and Ben Gordon. The owners' committee was the same as it was Friday — i.e. no Mark Cuban or Wyc Grousbeck — with James Dolan leaving early to join the NHL's Rangers on an overseas trip.

(Depute Commissioner Adam) Silver singled out Pierce in particular for being vocal in the bargaining sessions, and joked, "You have have heard Dwyane Wade had a few things to say in the meeting. … The owners certainly heard the passion from the players and right back at them from the owners."

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Glad to see Paul Pierce expressing his opinions in the negotiations. I'm not sure why Wyc Grousbeck is absent, but I wouldn't read too much into it. I'm sure his stance on the key issues is pretty clear.

Ken Berger has a comprehensive column detailing yesterday's negotiations. It's ful lof a lot of double talk. Neither side really wants to go on record saying they've accomplished anyting.

One note that really pisses me off; the fact it's taken months for the sides to "exchange proposals back and forth." Isn't this process crucial to any negotiation?

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