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Retired NBA Player Denied Supreme Court Review of Benefit Spat

March 23, 2020, 3:13 PM

A 73-year-old former basketball player failed to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case seeking new cost-of-living adjustments from the National Basketball Association’s pension plan.

The court on Monday declined to hear a petition from Zaid Abdul-Aziz, who retired from the league in 1978 after a 10-year career with multiple teams.

Abdul-Aziz says he was wrongly denied generous cost-of-living adjustments adopted by the plan several years after he received his final pension payment in 2001.

Abdul-Aziz, known as Don Smith for the beginning of his NBA career, says he “felt cheated,” because he would have received these adjustments...

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