Today was a big mistake - why not let the players vote to dissolve the union? If they felt the union wasn't doing a good enough job, they would dissolve it. And then you could make your court case in San Francisco, where unions always win, instead of the New York courts, where they rarely do. Plus, you'd have those 45 days to actually negotiate and try to save the season. This move just makes it more likely we miss the season, without actually improving the players' chances at all.
All these legal things the players will eventually try would have been tried whichever way they decertified, so why play straight into the owners hands and decertify using the method attacked in the lawsuit the league filed months ago? If Hunter really told Stern he would do this if the players didn't get an offer they liked, as reasonable as that is, it is not a fair bargaining practice, and their lawsuits may just get thrown out of court on that basis alone.