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Agent David Falk thinks he could get a deal done in one day


David Falk is right. He went a little Dave Mason on us, but he’s right.

It’s not that hard for most of us to imagine an NBA labor deal getting done because we can see the middle ground pretty clearly. We can all pretty much guess where a deal will land. But yet, both sides are dug in ready to fight and the only people happy about this are law firms who get paid by the hour.

In talking with the Fan 590 in Toronto — hey, I was on that station this weekend, too — Falk said he could get a deal done in a day (via Sports Radio Interviews). And he basically described the lockout in Dave Mason lyrics: “There ain’t no good guys, there ain’t no bad guys, there’s just you and me and we just disagree.”

“There are no bad guys. I think that the owners are trying to change a system that they feel isn’t working. Obviously there’s a number of teams losing money. … The players are reluctant to give up gains made over a long period of time. So there are no bad guys. This is a difficult challenge, but this is what you hire agents for… The agent for the owners is David Stern … and the agent for the players is Billy Hunter. It’s their job, collectively, to get a deal done. … We all lose if there’s no deal.”

“I volunteered. I’ve given both sides very, very specific suggestions on how to get over the hurdle. … I think that I could make this deal in one day, with either party. I really do. I know it sounds egotistical saying that, but I know all the owners well. … Obviously I’ve represented players for 37 years. … I’m disappointed that the young stars of the NBA today, the LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, those guys need to be involved full-time, not part-time. … I think that they are allowing other people to determine their future financial fortunes, which is a terrible mistake.”

Kobe Bryant is one of the young stars of today? His knees would beg to differ.

Remember this is David Falk the agent that helped lead a splinter group of players in 1995 to try and force decertification of the union. This is the guy who was a behind the scenes guiding hand in 1998 — the last lockout — who wanted to hold the CBA up to allow bigger deals for superstars, or at least that is what David Stern accused him of doing.

It’s pretty safe to question how fair a Falk brokered deal would really be — agents are not at the bargaining table for a reason, they often are not looking out for the best interests of all players. But could he get one done in a day? I think a lot of people could speed the negotiations up from where they are now.

John Wall, Evan Turner show everyone doesn't want to be like LeBron

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In the 1990s, Michael Jordan ruled on the court, his agent David Falk ruled off it.

Falk had around 40 clients and those included most of the big names of the decade, guys like Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning. He bullied around the Players Association in the 1995 lockout, and was involved behind the scenes in the 1998 lockout negotiations. He was consistently ranked as the second most powerful man in the NBA, behind David Stern.

Other players wanted to be like Mike, and that meant it was good to be MJ’s agent.

Not so much with LeBron.

Recently soon-to-be top pick John Wall signed with BEST. Soon-to-be number two pick Evan Turner just signed up with Falk. Wall also said he is not going with LeBron’s marketing team. CBS’s Ken Berger suggests this means today’s players are trying to carve their own niche.

By spurning CAA, Wall became the third straight (Kentucky coach John) Calipari guard to break away from the agency that everyone assumed he would join. Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans both played for Calipari at Memphis, and both signed with Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group…

The best player available in the draft since LeBron himself will enter the NBA with a clean slate, and with no entanglements beyond those already entrenched within his inner circle of close advisors. In effect, Wall won’t be riding LeBron’s – or anyone else’s – coattails.

Let’s not shed a tear for CAA, they still own most of the world. But players today are more media and marketing savvy than generations before. They understand the value of carving out your own unique place in the market. They understand not wanting to be caught in the shadow of the game’s biggest star.

Be like LeBron? Not so much.

One time super agent David Falk lands a big one — Evan Turner

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Back in the 1990s, David Falk was the man. He was Michael Jordan’s agent, and everyone wanted to be like Mike. Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, it seemed everyone was a Falk client (he had more than 40). He was in the middle of the 1995 lockout trying to decertify the players union. His fingerprints were all over the 1998 one as well. The man was a serious power broker.

Today, he’s just a guy who dabbles in the game. But he has landed a big fish — eventual number two pick Evan Turner. That’s what CNBC’s Darren Rovell is reporting.

(And yes, Turner is going to be the second overall pick. Everyone loves his game, but everyone thinks John Wall is going to be a better Russell Westbrook, and they want that more.)

Falk has landed a couple big names now (Jeff Green, fifth overall pick a couple years ago) and that means he may be getting right back into a game currently dominated by CAA. That should make the agent wars a little more interesting.