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NBA Lockout: Final Deal Rejected By NBPA, Who Will Decertify

Bad news just keeps getting worse for the NBA and its fans. The possibility of losing the entirety of the 2011-2012 season is now an even more vibrant reality, as the "best and final" from David Stern and the league has been rejected by the NBA Players Association. The NBPA met on Monday, all 30 player team representatives, and ultimately rejected the proposed deal, continuing the NBA lockout and setting off a wave of litigation.

NBPA head Billy Hunter said that the the player's association will decertify (disclaim) and file an anti-trust lawsuit against the NBA. Hunter says that litigation is the best situation for the players to achieve and get their due process. The lawsuit would bring to question the legality of the lockout and, among other things, the legality of the "ultimatum" presented by Stern and the owners that set off this last meeting of the official Players Association.

It's a very pivotal point - the players association becoming a trade association, because the same thing happened earlier this year in the NFL. The difference is that the NBA has already cancelled two weeks of games for the 2011-2012 season and the NFL had only cancelled one game - the Hall of Fame game. The possibility of more cancelled games and a potential cancelled season is now a very real possibility.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.