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Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

Posted on: October 17, 2011 5:52 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Over the weekend, we told you about how a few of the NBA's heaviest hitters intervened in labor negotiations, possibly halting some of the progress. But according to Yahoo! Sports, "halting" isn't exactly the right word for what Kevin Garnett did.
This fight has grown nastier, more personal, in the past weeks. Privately, management insists that everything changed when the Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett walked into the negotiating room on Oct. 4. The owners knew it wouldn’t go well when Garnett started glowering across the table, sources said, like the league lawyers, owners and officials were opponents at the center jump. He was defiant, determined and downright ornery. He was K.G. Everyone knew Hunter had to cede to the wishes of the stars, and the stars demanded that the players stop making confessions to the owners.

As one league official said, “We were making progress, until Garnett [expletive] everything up.”

Well then. I don't know how one guy could walk into a bargaining environment that he hadn't been in yet and blow everything to pieces, but it sounds like Garnett may have done exactly that. Pointing fingers? Yelling? Just being Kevin Garnett in general? There's no telling, but according to this report, it wasn't good.

Players need to be involved because this is their deal. But with superstars comes egos. They've always gotten what they wanted and feel entitled to not just have their voice heard (loudly), but also for their opinion to be taken seriously. And that's likely what happened when Kobe, Garnett and others strolled into the talks.

It sounds a bit dramatic that Garnett "bleeped" everything up, but who knows. Labor negotiations are a delicate thing and maybe Garnett said something that made other players dig in their heels. Maybe he said something that ticked off owners and did likewise for them. Who knows.

All we really know is that it's Oct. 17 and there's still not a deal.

Since: Jan 6, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:16 pm

Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

If the top 10 or 20 players in the league got together and picked one league abroad to all play in, and actually signed contracts. The owners would give them whatever they wanted because without the stars, the league is worthless.  I could care less if the NBA exists or not but this is the only way I can see the players creating some leverage of their own.

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:25 am

Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

dam, the media HATES Garnett and you people eat it up.  kobe rapes people and get praised and endorsed.  Garnett tries to help speed things up and he's a big meanie for doing it?  HAHAHAHA you're all zombies. 

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:07 pm

Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

It's easy to see Garnett acting like that because he has a history of acting like a d-bag. That said if i encountered him in the street i wouldn't say anything to him.......he'd probably sucker punch me in the nuts.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:38 pm

Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

I'm inclined to believe this. I mean, can anyone say that they're surprised to hear KG allegedly acting in such a manner? Having watched him play in Boston for the last 3 seasons, I can say with conviction that the guy is clearly a madman. I realize he had a right to be there as a high profile player and member of the union but Jesus, from a strategic perspective, why would the union reps even let him in there? The scene described is so easy to picture and you'd almost expect something like this to happen.

Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 5:50 pm

Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

wow hawkman u have all the answers

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 4:50 pm

Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

Regardless of how all of this pays out......KG is the last guy you want trying to articulate a point at a negotiation.  The stupid angry face he uses on the court in some effort to intimidate opponents is not likely to work in a conference room.

Somebody commented that nobody wants to watch some scrubs play without the superstars........true enough, the superstars are who fans want to see.  There is one flaw however, if the superstars continue to demand more money, it will lead to less for everyone else.  At some point there is nothing left to pay anyone else and you cannot have a team made up of 1 or 2 players.  Even the bottom talent is not going to continue to give away money to the stars, at some point you price yourself out of the market.

The entire system is a mess.........I say let the players form their own league with the stipulation that they (the players) have to manage the business as it, manage it, make player contract decisions, etc....everything except coach (what the hell, let em coach too, they think they no best in all aspects).

Thank goodness for the NHL!

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 4:13 pm

Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

Kobe didn't go to college either...

Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:34 pm

Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

KG had to skip college b/c he didn't have the minimum test scores to get into college. I'm probably not going to want him speaking for me. Maybe the players should let Kobe or even Shane Battier talk more.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:04 pm

Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

if they were so smart they wouldnt have agends doing their own contracts.
Wow, this is dripping with ignorance.  The smartest people you'll ever meet have other people do their contracts.  Why?  Because if you're a physicist negotiating a compensation package with an R&D company you'd be an idiot not to bring in an expert in contract law to work the contract details.  CEOs don't work without contracts - do you think they "do their own"?  Of course not.  Just an ignorant statement.  Hard to believe, but a college education doesn't make you an expert on everything under the sun. 

so I say throw there union out and start over
Who would do the throwing?  Do you know anything about the legal system, collective bargaining, etc.?

Non of the rookies are signed and there are alot of other players not signed or drafted to just start from scratch,
Sure.  Because people will show up to see Antoine Walker play.  The players you're talking about wouldn't generate enough revenue to cover the arena electric bills.  How many people show up to a typical D League game? 

this would even the playing field for all markets and elminate alot of headaches from the princesses while the vendors and cities still make their money.
Well, you could get by with 1/4 of the vendors, and the cities wouldn't be making money since no one's going to travel to the arena to watch scrubs play.  And what's with "even the playing field"? 

Since: Jun 24, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:50 pm

Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

I bet Garnett picked the youngest, shortest, weakest, most junior person on the league's negoation team, them got down behind him on all fours and started barking.

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