As to the 2014 changes in the personal conduct code we are told by multiple sources close to the association the players were encouraged to cooperate and were non-responsive.
Sadly, there are really no good guys on either side of this very public spat that serves absolutely no purpose other than to elevate the visibility of Smith.
But this much we know for sure. For two years leading up to the current CBA negotiated in 2011 Smith preened around like a peacock preaching to anyone that would listen he would never agree to reducing the players’ share of gross revenue which at the time stood somewhere between 51 and 52 percent unless the owners would open their books to demonstrate a need.
It was never going to happen and anyone with an ounce of knowledge on the subject knew it, but that was Smith’s, the then new Executive Director position.
At the end of the day Smith folded like a cheap tent without a look at the books and agreeing to give back somewhere between three and six points of the players share of revenue, which is now estimated to be between 46 and 48 percent depending on who is calculating it.