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NBA Lockout: Why the Players' Union Shouldn't Decertify
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As the NBA Lockout puts the 2011-2012 NBA season in jeopardy, five of the most powerful agents in the NBA, Arn Tellem, Bill Duffy, Mark Bartelstein, Jeff Schwartz and Dan Fegan, spoke recently and came to the conclusion that the NBPA should decertify. 

They believe that the NBA owners have all the leverage and decertifying could take away some of that leverage.

NBPA executive director Billy Hunter has resisted the idea, but that might not matter. 

The agents could try for an involuntary decertification, which would involve getting 30 percent of players to sign a petition, which is about how much the percentage of NBA players the five agents represent.

Then after that, there is a whole lot more legal stuff that needs to happen, but as of now, they have yet to ask for signatures. 

However, it's not in the union's best interest to decertify. Read on to find out why not. 

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