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Players meet Saturday to confirm position

Posted on: October 9, 2011 2:23 am
By Matt Moore

In another event in a sequence throughout the lockout that sounds like one thing and is really another, the NBPA canceled a Sunday regional meeting in Los Angeles. Immediately the questions began. "Does this mean they're meeting with the league? Is it a last-minute hail mary? Is there hope?" 

No, not so much, it was just more convenient for them to get their rabble rousing out of the way early.

Yahoo! Sports reports that the meeting was rescheduled because it was more convenient for the players already in Miami to hold it Saturday night.  After the meeting, Carmelo Anthony slammed the door shut on any sort of hopefulness that might have been brewing. From the AP: 
The way Anthony put it Saturday night, it almost seems inevitable."Theyre going to cancel the first two weeks of the season," Anthony said. "Well see what happens then. If they want to lock us out, lock us out. Were going to stick together."

The New York Knicks forward played in the South Florida All-Star Classic hosted by Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami, the latest - and most competitive - of the many exhibitions players have participated in during this lockout that reached the 100-day mark Saturday. NBA Commissioner David Stern has said that the first two weeks of the regular season could be canceled as early as Monday if a deal is not struck.

Anthony says it would not be "realistic" for the sides to agree on anything before then.
via Now what? After Miami game, players wait and see - NBA - Basketball.

Yahoo! also reports that at the meeting, the players stuck to their guns regarding 53 percent of BRI being the lowest their willing to go, while no meetings were scheduled due to the league's insistence on a 50-50 split being a precursor to any further talks.  

So here we are. The trenches have been dug, both sides are settled in for the shelling, and Stern's finger is on the trigger. Barring a miracle, the first two weeks of the 2011-2012 NBA season will be canceled on Monday, costing the league, players, team cities, employees, local businesses and supporting industries millions of dollars, because the two sides won't even get in a room to discuss it.

Everyone's stopped trying to make sense out of the lockout, because you can't make sense out of something that's not driven by reasonable people. From the owners' childish insistences to the players' hyper-reactive defensiveness and clownish pouting, both sides have revealed themselves as more dedicated to "winning" this fight than getting a deal done. It's a business negotiation, and so it's cutthroat. But too often this has taken on the feel of the inmates running the asylum. The dogs are playing poker, and we hit the river.
If any meetings pop up in the next 24 hours we'll keep you updated and once the axe falls, we'll have complete reaction to that, too. The lockout drags on. 

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 12:08 am

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

How about there are no over the air broadcasts of National Basketball Association games until Christmas?  As for sticking together, I like how the superstars are taking jobs overseas while the mid-level players and others on the bench won't be drawing a dime.  If the NBPA members are smart, the majority will realize they are being taken for a ride so the rich few can get richer.  If the superstars were really interested in their union,  they would keep their own salaries where they are and ask for increases in roster size, health benefits, retirement and an increase in minimum salaries.  This won't happen.  I find it odd that the 60 superstars are holding the other 350 players hostage so the big shots can make another $3-5 million a year.
However, if the players are willing to cancel the season, I can only thank them for their methods.  If the owners are losing as much money as they say they are, then cancelling the season will not affect their bottom line.  As I have written a number of times before, please cancel the season and consider dissociating the association.

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:50 pm

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

What does that tell me? That you don't look very hard to make a point. There are plenty of national broadcasts in the early NBA season, especially on weekends. Get your facts straight and be careful living in that glass house of calling other sports pathetic -- especially when yours seems to be baseball.

Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:35 pm

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

I have no sympathy for people who make more money in one game than school teachers, firemen, police office and our members of the military who put their life in jeopardy everyday make in a year. It's a game that is no longer in reach of the everyday fan. You almost have to take a second mortgage just to attend a game.

If these "atheletes" have any brains at all, they will remeber how long it took major league baseball to recover after they went on strike. At least golfers and tennis players earn their money by how well they perform.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:26 pm

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

This was as funny as anything I read in a long time great reply great

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:44 pm

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

The NBA would be so much better with a 60 game season.  There is nothing in American pro sports more pathetic than early season NBA basketball.  Not a single game is broadcast on network TV until Christmas.  What does that tell you?  Even MLB is on Fox the first Saturday in April.

Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:18 pm

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

Do you even watch basketball? Did you not see the Mavericks play? So your saying "clear out and let me take this fool one on one" is how they won the championship? If so, your a complete idiot and i can discount anything else you have to say.

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:17 pm

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

Wow! Look! Two internet tough"boys"/morons fighting over who's town is better. That's so cool...

I guess the Department of Defense or Al Gore - depends on who you believe - is so happy they invented the internet.

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: October 9, 2011 11:04 am

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

Hehe ... looks like I struck some chords down there in Illinois.  Your anger in your pathetic, superficial rant just demonstrated how upset you guys are with your current state of sports.  Hawks.  Ha! You're living in the past and hockey sucks anyway.  Bulls?  Won't even play this year. 

Sorry.  Your guess at me being some sort of hick and having large women with me missed by a long shot.  I can fell your pain with the latest beatdown the bears just took from the Packers.  Keep hatin'.  It ruins life for you, genius.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 11:04 am

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

You hear alot about Dwade, LEBRON, kOBE, Caemello, But what about the majority of the league that doesnt have all the sponsors and make all that money. This is unreal, Honestly I am a lifetime NBA guy and I love the Bulls and very rarely miss any games even when they were horrible, this stuff makes me not enjoy it anymore. I have started to become a big hockey fan and I know alot of other people that have done the same and r fed up with this. Its these big names that make NBA look bad. I cant wait for the day when these big name guys arent selling there gear anymore and they keep losing money and then they dont have a choice. Remember NBA, THERE ARE MILLIONS OF BASKETBALL PLAYERS OUT THERE THAT WOULD LOVE TO PLAY IN THE NBA, SO TAKE YOUR SELFSHISNESS AND GO PLAY OVERSEAS. THE OWNERS WILL MAKE IT WITH OUT YOU CAUSE MORE PLAYERS WILL COME ALONG. iT DISGUISTS ME AND LOTS OF OTHERS. I CANT WAIT FOR THE DAY WHEN CARMELLO HAS GONE BANKRUPT AND HAS TO SELL HIS $1,000,000.00 EARRINGS.

Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 10:41 am

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

Have you even watch MJ play???  Ignore the pass???  The guy avg over 5 ast per game in his career which is pretty darn good for a shooting guard/foward in any time era.   He was one if not the best player ever not beacuse he scored alot but was one of the best defenders and always got his teammates involved in the game.  he avg 8 ast one yr 

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