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LeBron, Wade, Pierce, Melo to join CBA talks

Posted on: February 17, 2011 6:36 pm
Report: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Paul Pierce among players expected at CBA talks during All-Star Weekend. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Friday in L.A. is going to feature a lot of fireworks.  The opening of All-Star activities, the Rookies-Sophomores game, media availability for the All-Star and Saturday Night participants, and the D-League dunk contest. But the high explosives are saved for a boadroom.  The much discussed meeting between the owners and the players' representatives will take place that day, and if there was any doubt, it seems that the union will be well represented by those with the most power. 

Kobe Bryant won't be attending the meetings, but he has made his feeling quite clear to Ken Berger of in regards to the talks, firing out explosive words in telling the owners to "look in the mirror." LeBron James had already said he planned to be at the meeting.  And as Berger noted last year, having the All-Stars present means bringing the big guns of influence. A report today from Yahoo! Sports says that is just what will be brought to Friday's meeting. 

Pessimistic NBPA expects 12 AllStars (james, wade, melo, pierce) and 20 players to attend labor meetings with owners Friday, source tells Y!

Now, what's interesting is that in these four players, we have an interesting subsect of personal agendas in play. James and Wade represent the max-max players who already have their situations sorted out. They're making near the max (minus a few million to play together) thanks to the biggest free agency period in history facilitated by lax player movement policies. They're superstars who still have several years in the league so their big objective will be to hold off on rollbacks which would influence them.  

Melo, of course, has every reason to be in attendance. A new CBA which limits player movement could severely impact his plans for relocation this summer including but not limited to the possibility of a franchise tag. he'll be strongly pulling for as little to change as possible, particularly when it comes to player movement and the cap next year. Melo has as much to lose as any player who will be present at the meetings. 

Pierce? Pierce is a statesman. He's on what is likely his last contract, he's already indicated he'd like to play in Europe when he's through. Pierce will be alongside Derek Fisher and Bryant's interests in protecting the older players, working to improve pensions and watching out for the total health of the union. Pierce doesn't have a personal agenda to pursue outside of his long-term interests as a player headed towards retirement in the next few years. 

Something notable about this? If these superstars are at the forefront, speaking at a meeting which as Bryant points out, is "for the lawyers," and they have the most influence, who exactly is going to be the one advocating for the revenue sharing the union has put as such a vital component? LeBron James, who left the Cavs in ruins for a nice climate in a bigger market? Paul Pierce, an L.A. kid who spent his entire career in Boston? Carmelo Anthony who is currently working to escape to New York? I'm sure Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter will be pursuing that inititiative as it benefits all the players as a whole. But if we're talking individual personalities involved in these meetings, I'm not finding anyone who's exactly going to be sticking up for the need for small markets to be able to compete for player salaries, even if it's only to further the ability for non-mega-market starts to get big paydays. 

And while the superstars have just as much reason to support initiatives that would protect their less-talented/less-compensated brethren, with those stars likely to be some of the loudest voices, the minimum veterans, aspiring young players, and fringe members are forced to put their trust in the All-Stars to watch out for them in the talks. 

The union has held a united front until now and seems to have its ducks in a row. But look at that list of players involved. 

That's a lot of ego in one room, and that's before we even get to the owners. 

Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:30 pm

LeBron, Wade, Pierce, Melo to join CBA talks

40 years*

Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2011 3:31 pm

LeBron, Wade, Pierce, Melo to join CBA talks

You just compared some of the most brilliant men of the past 4 years to a group of basektball players...The CBA negotiations is not just about basketball, you realize that don't you? Do these guys really have the best interest of their collegues in mind, or are their egos just so big they have to be everywhere? Screw the college arguement for a second, how many athletes invest their money wisely and go on to be successful after their careers? Im pretty sure that list is very short. Give me 100 million dollars and I could live off that for two of my lifetimes!!! And it is not even about money, the cba negotiations are serious, you can't just put your face and name out there and excpect the owners to bend over. The owners would eat these guys alive behind closed doors!

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:33 am

LeBron, Wade, Pierce, Melo to join CBA talks

For all of you OBSESSING about how much college these players have under their belt...

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell, Richard Branson, Larry Elison.

Less than 4 years of college between the 6 of them, but they all changed the way we live. These atheltes have a different type of talent that doesnt require a degree. College or not is completely IRRELEVANT. If they know their trade and understand the system they can contribute and speak up for what they want.

Im not talented enough to be an athlete or smart enough to change the I went to college and got a very expensive piece of paper. 

Get over it.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:14 am

LeBron, Wade, Pierce, Melo to join CBA talks

Of course Lebron will be there. His ego wouldn't have it any other way. He is such a f-ing control freak!

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:43 am


They are great BASKETBALL players but because of their status does not make them expert negotiators or understand the language of the CBA.  If these guys are so great with numbers and representing themselves than why have an agent?

I guess in your minds if they can dribble and dunk they are well on their way to become a lawyer after retirement.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:31 am

LeBron, Wade, Pierce, Melo to join CBA talks

BBonds, those are the "undisputed 6 best players"??? Really? I could offer up a dispute that would start with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose. I'd build a team around any of those four guys before I even thought about looking in Carmelo Anthony's or Dirk Nowitzki's direction.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 8:48 am

LeBron, Wade, Pierce, Melo to join CBA talks

Great post on this topic. Great to see that racism is dead in America.

And for the record

Pretty safe to say these are the undisputed 6 best players in the league.  Only 1 spent more then 8 months on a College campus.  I fail to see where it derailed any careers.   

Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:00 am

LeBron, Wade, Pierce, Melo to join CBA talks

LeBron, Wade, Melo and....Pierce? What is that hasbeen doing in there? It's not like he's ever getting another huge contract, cba won't affect him in the slightest. The real superstars should be the ones looking out.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2011 10:24 pm

LeBron, Wade, Pierce, Melo to join CBA talks


Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2011 10:19 pm

LeBron, Wade, Pierce, Melo to join CBA talks

haha priceless piece Nation.  I was thinking the same thing.  What exactly are those guys bringing to the table other then the fact they are so disconnected to how the real world works that they will only make matters worse.  I'm not quite certain if LeBron James even knows how to read a book, and yet he's going to contribute somehow?  I've always said this game will drastically improve if a 4 year degree is required to play.  If certain occupations require a degree, why not the NBA?  Make them take a finance or economic degree.  This way when the morons get out of college they won't have to file for bankruptcy quite as fast.  Ever wonder why you don't hear about NHL players filing for bankruptcy but it happens all the time in the NBA/NFL???  Generally speaking, it's because even if the hockey players didn't go to college, they came from strong family backgrounds and probably attended good schools, sometimes even private.  While this is not the case for all, there is some relevance to an education when your background pretty much sucked.  I'd like to see the ratio of private schools attended per ice hockey player versus private school attended per NBA player....and i'm not talking about those private schools specifically attended due to having a strong BBall program where they don't actually care about teaching

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