Our sources on the hard court -- i.e. players -- tell us they think it's unfair for the league to tag players and their salaries for its financial woes. In fact, they smell a rat since the paychecks of Stern and his deputy commissioner are kept hush hush. As one player said, "There needs to be some transparency. It's hypocritical to single us out.”
NBA owners collectively pay the commissioner's salary, which has been rumored -- but never confirmed -- to be in the neighborhood of $10 million per year.
Reps from the players union, led by Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter, met with Stern Wednesday in ongoing talks to avoid a labor dispute.
Sounds like no one's asked the commish to whip out his W-2 ... yet ... but with talk of a strike, it could happen.