Murphy is still playing a key role in the negotiations:


This round of negotiations is being conducted with small groups on each side. Stern was joined by Silver, the San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt — who heads the N.B.A.’s labor relations committee — and the league’s top two lawyers, Rick Buchanan and Dan Rube. Representing the union were Fisher and the executive director Billy Hunter, along with the union’s outside counsel Jeff Kessler, its outside economist, Kevin Murphy, and its lead attorney, Ron Klempner.

Will we have to dig out the kids’ D Rose shirts out from the back of the closet soon?