Flopping, flagrants, Olympics on Stern’s mind

Colangelo has said he doesn’t want to discuss the proposal until after the Olympics, believing it is a distraction to bring it up now. It’s unknown how FIBA would feel, knowing how much basketball has grown in the 20 years NBA players started playing in the Olympics.

Stern also said the league is confident in the arbitration case the union brought against it involving the Bird Rights of the Knicks’ Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak, among others.

According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the player keeps his rights, which allow teams to exceed the salary cap to re-sign them, if he changed teams by trade. The players’ association argues that a player and his contract going from one team to another should also maintain his rights through a waiver claim.

“We believe that the position that we are espousing here is the one that the contract says is the one and that the arbitrator will confirm,” Stern said.

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