The power of a tweet. Derek Fisher posted on Twitter “Let us play #StandUnited” and within minutes many NBA players including LeBron James, Kevin Durant, & Dwyane Wade & Steve Novak (Yeah!) and thousands of people were retweeting the message.
This type of news is sure to piss off the owners and since the biggest factor that’s been holding up an agreement is ego i’m sure Fisher just made things worse. Yes the players get to feel good and tens of thousands of fans (who will always side with the players) will feel involved but the fact is the NBA owners write the checks for NBA teams so if active NBA players want to “Play” in the NBA they are going to have to cooperate. Making a scene and painting yourself innocent when you are equally guilty isn’t fair and probably will have consequences.
The following is Fisher’s letter to NBA players sent the night before
I hope you all received Billy’s letter regarding meetings on both coasts. You are all invited and I look forward to seeing many of you at the Los Angeles meeting taking place tomorrow, Monday, October 10th in the afternoon. I urge each of you to attend if at all possible. We find these meetings extremely productive and informative as we review the status and details of the CBA negotiations, answer questions and discuss next steps.
Chris Paul and I will also be utilizing our personal social networking channels to show the fans and you all, that we are united and want to get back to work under a fair deal.
On Monday, Chris and I will tweet and post “LET US PLAY.” This was used by the NFL players and many will be joining us on Monday and retweeting the same message to show their support for our players. I will also be using the hash tag #StandUnited after all my messages until this lockout is over.
We invite you each to do the same. To show our unity and to remind the fans that this is not our choice and we would like to go back to work and play the game they love to support.
My twitter is @DerekFisher and Chris’ is @OneandOnlyCP3. Please feel free to send me yours so we can support each other.
Again, look forward to seeing any and all of you on Monday at the meeting. Contact me in the meantime if you need anything. Stand united.