February 24, 1983
Jerry DaVee, the lawyer defending Walton in the Levin suit, learned that the player had not been paid for February. DaVee contacted Larry Fleisher, head of the National Basketball Players Association, who was prepared to go to arbitration to get Walton his money. However, before Fleisher could arrange a meeting with the arbitrator, Arthur Stark, and before Walton got serious about a contemplated sitdown, the money arrived.
What had taken it so long? Sterling's lawyer, Alan Rothenberg, had sent Walton's check to Levin (remember, Sterling asserts that Levin should pay Walton). Levin sent the check back to Rothenberg.
It finally got to Walton two days ago, giving Rothenberg the opportunity of sending a note to DaVee, which began: ''It would be helpful if before sending your obnoxious letters you would talk to your client.''