David Boies, the attorney tapped to be one of the chief litigators on behalf of the players in what Billy Hunter said Monday could be imminent antitrust actions against the NBA, seemed unsure of the particulars of the players' potential case against owners, or even whether any lawsuits would ever be filed.
Boies also revealed that he had only been involved in the matter for "a few hours."
"As you can see, I have not been involved in this long enough to have formed a view of what, if anything, is appropriate to do from a legal standpoint," Boies said.
"[W]e're going to talk about what the right approach is," Boies said. "Maybe it's filing a lawsuit. Maybe it's not filing a lawsuit. We've got to figure out what the lawsuit would say if there is going to be a lawsuit. There's a lot that has to be worked out."
"And I think what the players are focusing on right now is what is the fastest way to get this resolved," Boies said. This too would appear to be inconsistent with Hunter's statements on Monday, which indicated a drawn-out legal process in which the season would very likely be sacrificed.
It is unclear what the substantive purpose of Monday's disclaimer of interest from the union would be if legal action against the owners is not commenced.