Former National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Billy Hunter sued the union, President Derek Fisher and his publicist on Thursday, charging they sabotaged Hunter's efforts to reach a new labor agreement with the league, according to multiple reports. Filed in California Superior Court in Oakland, the lawsuit accuses Fisher and his publicist, Jamie Wior, of working on a covert deal to end the 2011 lockout, which would be a breach of Hunter's employment contract with the players' association. Hunter was fired as the union's executive director in February after 16 years, with player representatives from 24 of the 30 NBA teams in Houston for All-Star weekend voting for his removal. Hunter is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages based on his firing, at the time of which he was owed $10.5 million in salary through 2015, according to CBS Sportsline. ---Derrick Rose remains the centerpiece of the Chicago Bulls' franchise, even when he's in a three-piece suit seated at the end of the team's bench for all 94 games in the regular season and playoffs. Rose, who hasn't played since a knee injury in the 2012 playoffs that required reconstructive (ACL) surgery, has been on the court since February and cleared to return medically. But Rose didn't clear the mental or emotional hurdles many viewed as the final phase of rehabilitation from a major injury. Rose will set out to continue on and off-court rehab in Santa Monica, Calif., where his routine will include scrimmaging and training with other NBA players under the watch of Rob McClanaghan, who has worked with Rose. "I think he's in a pretty good place mentally," coach Tom Thibodeau said after Wednesday's season-ending playoff loss at Miami. ---Former University of Kentucky star Nerlens Noel told reporters Thursday that he expects to come back strong from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. "It's been good from week one," he said of his rehab at the NBA Combine in Chicago. "I'm 100-percent confident, not just getting back to what I was, but stronger. Going through this time not playing basketball I'll just be working on things I need to polish. It will improve me in the long run." Noel tore his left ACL in February at Florida, ending his season. He said he's reached the point where he's shooting free throws.
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