CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2012
Simon Gourdine Former NBA executive Simon Gourdine, 72, who became the highest-ranking black executive in professional sports when he was named deputy commissioner of the NBA in 1974, died Thursday in Englewood, N.J. The NBA confirmed his death but did not release the cause. Gourdine helped negotiate a labor deal that created free agency in the NBA in 1976 and helped the league absorb the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, New York (now New Jersey) Nets and Denver Nuggets from the upstart ABA. He left the NBA in 1981 but returned to pro basketball in 1990 as general counsel for the National Basketball Players Assn.
February 14, 1990
Simon Gourdine, former deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the NBA, was named general counsel of the NBA Players Assn.
June 14, 1995 |
Trying to avoid a lockout that could start as early as Thursday, NBA owners and players met again Tuesday. The two sides had returned to the bargaining table Monday, the same day it was reported the league intended to lock out its players after the finals if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't reached by then.
February 1, 1997 |
NBA Commissioner David Stern will decide early next week whether Dennis Rodman can return to the Chicago Bulls after the All-Star break. Stern and Rodman met Friday at the NBA offices, and decided an arbitrator will rule on whether Rodman can go to arbitration in attempt to get back more than $1.1 million in pay lost during the suspension. "It was a positive meeting," union head Bill Hunter said. "We were trying to get some resolution.
June 20, 1995 |
The agents' advisory committee to the NBA Players Assn. has accused the union's executive director, Simon Gourdine, of hiding the details of an agreement with the league from his membership. A Monday meeting of player representatives in Chicago to vote on the deal was postponed until Friday. A meeting in New York of the NBA's board of governors, set for today, also has been postponed. It isn't known if the postponements are merely procedural or whether the deal is blowing up.