HOUSTON Unable to secure an invitation to address NBA players directly, embattled union executive director Billy Hunter has released online his response to a report that criticized his leadership.

Hunter s lawyers say his 2010 contract extension was valid and the leave of absence he s been placed on is not. They say if ratification of his contract had been needed, it was president Derek Fisher s responsibility to get it, not Hunter.

Hunter s contract was a central part of the review conducted by the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and released last month. The report urged players to discuss Hunter s future this weekend and said they had powerful arguments that the contract wouldn t be legal if an attempt to remove Hunter led to litigation.
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