According to SLAM this morning Report: NBA Labor Deal 95% Done. The BRI is the remaining point of contention. So what do we know about the status of the BRI negotiations.
Hunter at this point refuses to budge below 52% or 52.5% depending on the source. On the other hand we have this story from late Friday afternoon after the negotiations ended Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher want 50/50 BRI split? The agents are pressuring Hunter to hold the line at 52% to 52.5%. On the other hand why would Kobe be willing to settle for 50%?
Kobe doesn't need the money. However, Kobe is still finalizing his NBA legacy. Right now I would rank him #3 all time behind Michael Jordan and Bill Russell. What does Kobe need to finalize his NBA legacy as the greatest NBA player of all time? Kobe needs to pass Michael in career scoring. Kobe is 33 years old and 4,400 points behind Michael for career scoring points. Kobe also is 700 points behind Michael in career playoff scoring. At Kobe's age the risk of a serious career ending injury increases by the season.
Now Kobe may also need another "Ring" to help him become #1 all-time among NBA players. However, that is not entirely under Kobe's control. Passing Michael in career regular season and playoff total points is under Kobe's control and we all know how competitive Kobe is.
We also know that Kobe really wants to become recognized as the greatest NBA player ever. To do that he needs points and get those points he needs games.
IMO there will be an agreed upon deal by next week at this time.