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Report: NBA, Players to meet again next week

Posted on: September 1, 2011 7:36 pm
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Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Don't look now, but the pace of the NBA's labor negotiation talks appears to be finally, mercifully, picking up.

After meeting just once during the first eight weeks of the lockout, which began on July 1, representatives of the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association plan to meet for the second time in less than 10 days, according to SI.com.
According to two sources close to the situation, the NBA and National Basketball Players' Association have agreed to meet again next week.

As was the case with Wednesday's six-hour meeting in Manhattan, next week's session is expected to include only a small group of representatives and will likely take place on Wednesday or Thursday.

NBA commissioner David Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA president Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter all met in New York City on Wednesday, although both sides were tight-lipped about the details of the meeting, going so far as to refuse to characterize it as either positive or negative.

With the pace apparently accelerating, here's what we know: the two sides have agreed to stop taking shots at each other in public and that there is still enough time to get a deal done prior to the start of the 2011-2012 season. We also know that neither side has moved off of their original bargaining positions, neither side seems poised to move off of their original bargaining positions and billions of dollars separate the two sides. We also know that the start of training camp is roughly 3-4 weeks away.

In other words, it's good that the foot is back on the gas pedal, but it's time to really stomp on that sucker.
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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 5:18 pm
 

What do they do with their money?

First of all, there's the family back home.  And everyone else on the block where they grew up.  And every "distant cousin" who didn't even know their name until they made the show.  Then, there's the posse.  And of course, any self-respecting NBA player has to "make it rain" at a strip club at least twice a week.  Somebody needs to do the math for these guys.  That's what agents are supposed to do.  Sadly, all the agent does is take his cut off the top and throw them out like yesterday's garbage when they get into trouble or can no longer play.  

The only bigger cliche than the ex-NBA player who is now broke is the aging ex-rock star who is on "Where are they Now."  That's the show that always has a part near the end where "my manager stole all of my money and now I have to make a comeback."  The only difference is that a 55 year-old ex-rock star can probably sell at least 500 tickets at $20 a pop every night.   A 55 year-old ex NBA player doesn't have that option.  



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:00 am
 

Report: NBA, Players to meet again next week

The Players will cave in. 90% of them have already spent all the money they've made because they're dumb enough to think that they'll make 3 million or so every year for the rest of their lives. They'll be broke 2 weeks after they've played their last NBA game. I year of skipping classes in college isn't exactly gonna prepare you for real life. So just cave , and take the deal, you're gonna anyway. The only guys who will plan for their futures are the stars, and they can play in Europe or any other league, while the role players go broke.

Amazing, isn't it?  You're right, most NBA players or athletes in general need every dollar they can get their hands on because they don't have a clue about what to do with their money.  I'm trying to remember who it was  but there is an NBA player overseas right now who grossed 80 million dollars and doesn't have anything left.  There are athletes in all professional sports leagues no better off when they retire then I am today... I find that absolutely incredible. 

Player supporters like to say, "they are just people like you and me" when in reality they really aren't. These guys live on their own planet, it's tough to understand their thought process.  Give me a million dollars at this stage of my life and I'll never work another day in my life for anybody else, I promise you that.  Give me 3 or 4 million dollars and my 2 sons will be their own boss when they get a little older, they'll never be told by anybody when their next break is.  Give me 10 or 15 million like a lot of these fools are bringing in and not only don't I work or do my kids ever need to work but I help so many people in my life it's unbelievable. 

Only God knows what these fools do with their money....  and yes, the players will be giving in soon enough.  It would be a waste of time to sit out a year since they'll just lose a lot of money and still be forced to give in later... they may as well just sign what the owners are asking them to sign right now because they have no leverage at all. 



Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Report: NBA, Players to meet again next week

The Players will cave in. 90% of them have already spent all the money they've made because they're dumb enough to think that they'll make 3 million or so every year for the rest of their lives. They'll be broke 2 weeks after they've played their last NBA game. I year of skipping classes in college isn't exactly gonna prepare you for real life. So just cave , and take the deal, you're gonna anyway. The only guys who will plan for their futures are the stars, and they can play in Europe or any other league, while the role players go broke.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 11:32 am
 

Report: NBA, Players to meet again next week

Clearly, these ramped up meetings are going to reveal one of three things very quickly.
 A. The mid-market team owners simply do not know or understand how to make their weight felt amongst the heirarchy of the league and its big wigs. Meaning this lockout should never have happened in the first place if they do not secure ways not to lose money.
 B. The players are some how getting the owners as a collective group to buy into the new TV contract in 2015 and its potential profits, thus giving up on todays money for promises of the future.
 C. Finally my favorite: 2 meetings inside 2 weeks is progress? at this speed if both sides are firm on their stance we are headed into some missed games, because neither side has begun to say what they will conceed to get a job done that is remotely near the other side.



Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 11:01 am
 

Report: NBA, Players to meet again next week

The two sides should look at what happened at the NFL. The NBA needs to get a deal done, before it starts losing fans.



Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Report: NBA, Players to meet again next week

Yeah, if these guys are working on getting a deal done, that's cool.




Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Report: NBA, Players to meet again next week

I agree...Get a deal done.



Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:24 am
 

Report: NBA, Players to meet again next week

As a season ticket holder - please get this deal done!


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