Derek Fisher plans to skip Las Vegas summer pro league
Despite the team's website listing him on the official roster, Lakers guard Derek Fisher tweeted that he won't play in the Impact Basketball Academy's "Competitive Training Series" that is set to begin Monday in Las Vegas because of his responsibilities as NBA Players Assn. president.
"While I fully support the Impact League and all the players, I have NOT committed to playing, nor can I at this point," Fisher tweeted. "My first priority is serving as president of the NBAPA. Everything else comes as a far second right now. I'd love to play, but no plans to given my schedule of meetings and my lead role in them."
ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin first reported Fisher couldn't join the 40 to 60 NBA players, including Lakers backup center Derrick Caracter, expected to play at Impact because he is busy with Tuesday's collective bargaining agreement meeting in New York. Still, McMenamin reported it's a "remote possibility" Fisher will make an appearance in Las Vegas sometime during the league's 12-day run and update the players on any progress.
Tuesday's meeting is considered pretty significant, because it will involve more players and owners. It also follows meetings on consecutive days last week in which both sides promised to keep details surrounding the negotiations secret and avoid attacking the other party. On Monday, Fisher also refuted an SI.com report that quoted a league source saying Fisher sent text messages to numerous players last week indicating progress on negotiations and instructing them to be physically prepared in case the season starts on time.
"While the reports of my texts are false, I will say that I have & will continue to urge our players to stay ready for a season," Fisher tweeted. "We want to go back to work."
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