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Derek Fisher Refuses To Resign As NBPA President

Derek Fisher has not resigned as president of NBPA, despite the NBPA's executive committee calling for his resignation.

Apr 14, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher (37) looks on during the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Thunder won 115-110. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 14, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher (37) looks on during the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Thunder won 115-110. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Derek Fisher is still the president of the NBPA. For now.

The NBA players' association executive committee voted 8-0 to remove Fisher as union president, but so far, Fisher refuses to resign.

"I, along with many others, are extremely disappointed with the Executive Committee," Fisher said Friday in a statement. "Their demand for my resignation and their need to protect the NBPA management and their own best interests instead of protecting the players we were elected to serve is unfortunate."

The committee claims voted to remove Fisher believing that he does not have the union's best interest at heart.

"The Executive Committee based its decision on numerous instances over the past six months, where Fisher engaged in conduct detrimental to the union, including acting in contravention of the players' best interests, during collective bargaining, declining to follow the NBPA Constitution, and failing to uphold the duties of the Union President," the statement said.

This has the potential to become pretty ugly. It's certainly not a distraction that the Oklahoma City Thunder need as they prepare for the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Hopefully for the Thunder and Thunder fans, Fisher's play is unaffected by this.

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