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NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:18 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 1:51 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver


With labor negotiations continuing and the possibility that the NBA cancels the first two weeks of its 2011-2012 regular season on Monday, National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher called on his union's members to show their solidarity and to appeal to public sentiment by launching a campaign on Twitter.

Fisher explained the concept in a letter to all players that was obtained by
Chris Paul and I will also be utilizing our personal social networking channels to show the fans and you all, that we are united and want to get back to work under a fair deal. On Monday, Chris and I will tweet and post "LET US PLAY." This was used by the NFL players and many will be joining us on Monday and retweeting the same message to show their support for our players. I will also be using the hash tag #StandUnited after all my messages until this lockout is over. We invite you each to do the same. To show our unity and to remind the fans that this is not our choice and we would like to go back to work and play the game they love to support.
Within hours, the message had been tweeted out by Fisher, Paul, Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade, Heat All-Star forward LeBron James, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant. Among the many other NBA players to participate: Jarrett Jack, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Marquis Daniels, Eric Maynor, Devin Ebanks, Nazr Mohammed, Serge Ibaka, and Anthony Tolliver.

By early Monday afternoon, the phrase "LET US PLAY" was trending nationally in the United States on the social networking site.

Many players also posted messages pointing out that the NBA's current labor impasse is the result of a lockout by the league's owners rather than a strike by the league's players.

Back in January, the National Football Players Association launched a similar campaign in the midst of their labor negotiations with the NFL.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:22 am

What maxbuster said

ditto. we don't care. ditto times infinity.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 8:26 pm

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

OK--who tought them how to spell "Let Them Play" ?  How about this---"We Don't Care"

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 7:39 pm

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

That's exactly the problem. "Let us play". You don't care about "playing" anymore, so why lie to us and tell us that you want to play? It should be "Let us work" because that's all it has become to you. Let me ask my boss for a raise and once they say no, I'll refuse to work and stand outside the building with a "Let me work" sign.

I have no problem with the 2nd round pick who makes an all-star team every year in his first contract who then wants a raise. I have a problem with the Spreewells of the world and 9 child support paying idiots.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:48 pm

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

Revenue share means you take less guaranteed salary to profit off of your performance.  NBA players want both.  Even a minimum salary in the NBA is in excess of $400,000.  That's really good.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:45 pm

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

Screw the players.  They do not need our support.  The player's association and their leaders need to come up with a reasonable compromise that will include taking a pay cut across the board if the owners will reduce the price of tickets and parking because fans need to get something out of this.  The public does need the NBA though as lots of jobs are supported by the NBA.  Also lots of arena area business depend on NBA associated revenues so players need to be team players and give back to the public before they ask for support from the public.  Players make tens of thousands of dollars per game (mimimum) played they can take a 20-30% pay cut across the board and still live comfortably.  Start thinking of the businesses that support the bartenders, waitresses, valet parking attendants, cooks, bus boys, security personal, etc.  These people depend on the NBA to make $10 to $40 per hour.  They are more important. 

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:34 pm

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

THEY ARE REFUSING TO PLAY, do they think we are stupid? My boss would laugh at me if I wanted to "share revenue."

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:33 pm

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

Let them all burn up their millions, like Eddie Curry. He spent $60 MILLION in two years, hahahaha. Animals. THEN THEY WILL PLAY FOR THE $60,000 that I bust my butt for. Who will pay their child support to the 11 baby mommas ? DO THEY THINK WE"RE STUPID? THEY ARE REFUSING TO PLAY!!!!!

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:29 pm

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

It should be called, "PAY US WHAT WE WANT" because that's ALL they care about. They are acting like they love the game. HAHAHA, then play for the BILLIONS that is offered and don't squeeze extortion money from the owners. YOU OVER- HYPED players are full of GREED and play in a watered down league. I SAY LET THEM PLAY IN GREECE FOR A YEAR OR TWO. Oh, be careful though, guns are not allowed in the locker rooms there. JOKES

Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:16 pm

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

The  players could make  ten times what they make and still want more.  I sure would like to live on what they make now.   It's called Greed

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 4:37 pm

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

I hope this lockout gets into the regular season, I want to see if anyone even notices or if it will be like the NHL and everyone will just shrug it off.

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