The NFL Players Decertified. It was far from successful. The NFL players won in the Minnesota Courts to stop the lockout but when it was appealled and went to the bigger boys in Tennessee the courts then favored the Owners. The players then appealled that decision, and even though the NFL was close to a settlement, the Court went ahead and ruled for the Owners again. All Sport Player Associations Cringed at the ruling. They did not want the court to rule again. That second ruling is bad news for the NBA Players. They will not be able to stop the lockout now or even if they decertify.
Back in 1993 the NFL Players Association won their Anti-Trust Lawsuite. The Players who were named in the lawsuite, including the great Reggie White, received Free Agency. This past summer the NFL Players, including Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, received no such benefit. The Reason: The NFL filed a suite with the National labor Relations Board claiming that the NFL Decertification was a SHAM. The United States Commerce Department filed a brief in support of the NFL Owners saying that the Decertifcation was a sham. The Labor Board did not rule in the matter. It is my guess that if the Labor Board had to rule, they would have thrown out the Decertification and proclaim that the NFL Players Union is still a Union. (Which we all saw with our two eyes that they still acted, and everyone called them, a UNION). The owners knew that no matter what ruling Judge Doty gave in support of the players on the Anti-Trust Litigation that the Labor Board would have wiped that out, plus the Courts from Tennessee would most likely favor the owners again (and again).
If the NBA Players Union decertifies and 10 of their players sue the NBA on Anti-Trust Laws, you will see the NBA Owners take the exact same approach as the NFL Owners did. You will also get the same results.
Get to the bargaining table, control your player Agents and make a deal. Do not waste time Decertifying because you will only be costing your players money from losing time and games.