TMU wrote:Mr. E wrote:http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2013/01/rockets-suspend-royce-white-one-week-after-he-refused-d-league-assignment/
Feignen discusses the White Saga. This note I found particularly interesting:The impasse, however, is more complicated than that. According to a person with knowledge of the talks between White and the Rockets, White has refused to play or practice until the Rockets agree in writing to an addendum to his contract that he has written. That kind of addition to an NBA player contract would conflict with the NBAâ€™s collective bargaining agreement with the playersâ€™ association.
Though White has not publicly specified the conditions he would need to practice or play, he has indicated through his tweets that he wants players to be able to choose the doctors who would then be given the authority to determine playersâ€™ work environment and expectations. If the Rockets agreed to that in writing, it would violate the conditions of the CBA.
If this is true then this goes well past a spat between player & team. If the White camp is making demands that would directly violate the CBA agreed upon by the NBA and NBAPA we are discussing much bigger issues. If this is what is actually happening then there is no doubt that the NBA is involved with this problem at this point.
Look at the wording of the suspension - you don't see the usual "conduct detrimental to the team" line. There could be a possibility that this could be a League suspension, not a Rockets suspension. If that is the case then there exists rules that would allow the Rockets to remove some of White's salary hit against their cap.
If what Feigen says is true, then I would like to know who's part of this "White Camp". They must have found a loophole in what's supposedly part of the CBA. Better not be a group of idiots who's blindly going after its demands.
I'm looking forward to see how the rest of this plays out.
Could the Rockets hire Royce's doctor to be one of the team doctors?