San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner is at the forefront of the CBA negotiations as he serves as the vice president of the NBPA Executive Committee and as such, he is a wealth of knowledge in this situation.
But representing the players in an otherwise delicate issue carries a large burden for Bonner.
"As a player rep you're basically responsible for reporting to your team and being able to get the general opinion of your team on certain issues and then report to the executive committee," Bonner said. "Once you're on the executive committee, you're part of the front line of all the processes. You go to the actual negotiation sessions, you can vote on by-laws within the union, it's just a much more involved role."
And in such negotiations, one can imagine the pressure, the complexities, the back-and-forth, that comes with hammering out a deal beneficial for both sides. But regardless, Bonner relishes the experience.
"You get to these negotiation sessions and you're there all day and you leave exhausted and with a giant headache. It's mentally exhausting. The CBA is so complicated and has so many different facets and intricacies. But it's just a great experience being part of something that not only affects yourself and every player in the league, but also every player in the league for years to come."
Aside from the experience, what about the issue or more importantly, the money? According to Bonner, the players are trying to work with the owners but admits the owners want too much.