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NBA disputes Paul Allen reports, digs deeper

Posted on: October 22, 2011 4:41 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2011 4:52 pm
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Posted by Ben Golliverpaul-allen

When Thursday's labor negotiations between the NBA and its players broke down, Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen emerged as an obvious villain. National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter said that Allen was sent into the negotiating room to deliver an ultimatum from the NBA's Board of Governors and the union's chief lawyer, Jeffrey Kessler, said the meeting was "hijacked" by Allen's presence.

On Friday, NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver defended Allen, disputing these accounts of events in an interview with The Oregonian.
"I do not understand why his presence has taken on a life of its own as if he was sent in to deliver a message to the players," Silver said. 

"Paul is in the same position as every other owner. He wants a system where every team is in a position to compete for a championship and every team, if managed properly, has a chance to make a profit. 

"In no way was his presence intended to send a message." 
The plot thickens, though, because a sportswriter for the paper noted that the NBA and the Portland Trail Blazers would only make Silver available for an interview with a specific reporter who usually does not cover the Blazers. The writer also said that the NBA and/or the Blazers threatened to have Silver interview with a competitor if they did not agree to those terms.

Yes, you read that correctly. The NBA just allegedly disputed that one of their owners issued a "take it or leave it" ultimatum to the players by issuing a "take it our leave it" ultimatum to a newspaper. They allegedly decided to make it clear that Allen didn't issue a statement that pre-conditioned the negotiations by pre-conditioning their disputed account. They allegedly defended Allen from charges of a "my way or the highway" attitude by threatening the paper with the most basic "my way or the highway" tactic known to media.

Well, the NBA is nothing if not consistent!

As Ken Berger of CBSSports.com eloquently put it, this is circus behavior.
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Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:05 pm
 

NBA disputes Paul Allen reports, digs deeper

This reminds me of children in a sandbox trying to work it out......each one claiming the other is completely responsible and acting like their decisions impact nobody else.

Get over yourselves, the level of self-importance everyone in this has is sickening.  I have the LA Kings to watch, and while hockey is still reeling from it's own labor issues, at least they are on the ice and getting it done.  If the NBA doesn't have a season, I do not care, and the longer it goes the less I care.  As with anything, the longer you go without it, the less it means to you.

I have a great idea......stop covering the negotiations, or lack of negotiations; make it a non-story and maybe both sides will begin to recognize how insignificant they really are.



Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 10:08 pm
 

NBA disputes Paul Allen reports, digs deeper

I do not know about anyone else but I do not miss the NBA at all.  It can just disappear far as I am concerned.  Do these guys ever learn.  The NHL has never recovered.  It took years for MLB to recover if it has 100%.  If the NFL lock out continued, I'd live without the NFL.  Players, you are not being abused and owners, most of you are rich enough.  Thank goodness College Basketball will be here soon and NBA will stand for Nonexistence Basketball Association.


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Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 8:01 pm
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 5:58 pm
 

NBA disputes Paul Allen reports, digs deeper

Paul Allen is not a very intimidating sports team owner. If Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher are afraid of Allen what would they do if they ever faced Larry Ellison, Jerry Jones, Al Davis, Dan Rooney or Mark Cuban? Would Hunter and Fisher go nuts and soil their pants? Come on...the NBA union and most sports union is a joke. Allen does not wield any power...because if he did...do you think that he would not do something about his wretched team. Brandon Roy and Greg Oden...played less than 3 years. What a waste. allen should demand that he be compensated for drafting such injury-proned/fragile players!



Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:42 pm
 

NBA disputes Paul Allen reports, digs deeper

RedsFan1507 is exactly right, this whole thing is ridiculous.  The players have no rights, and no leverage in this situation.  The contracts they signed are governed by a collective agreement they agreed upon six years ago, eyes wide open.  If the player's union or advisors could not see the possibility of the league's profits sinking into the red based on its structure, it is their fault for not having a contingency plan for this round of negotiation.

The average player should not make more than the average owner as it is a receipe for dissaster.    &
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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:08 pm
 

NBA disputes Paul Allen reports, digs deeper

What is there to "negotiate" in any of this ?

The NBA lost $300 million last year. The players made $2.25 BILLION in guaranteed salary. It's not a hobby, or a charity, it's a business.

It is take it or leave it...players can go back to work for the millions a year the NBA can afford to pay players, or sit at home and make whatever money they can without the NBA. It's a fee country. They have chosen the latter, so far.
    
It's why the Federal Mediator figured out after one day, he was wasting his time.  

At least Paul Allen has a right to speak on the situation- he has something invested at risk. That's more than Bryant Gumbel or Jesse Jackson can say.     &
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Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:37 pm
 

NBA disputes Paul Allen reports, digs deeper

WHO CARES ABOUT NBA ANYWAY. BORING THEATER TYPE BASKETBALL ANYWAY. COLLEGE IS WHAT WE ALL WATCH ANYWAY. CANCEL THE WHOLE SEASON AND SEE HOW MANY TRUE FANS COMPLAIN, MAYBE 10% IF THAT. NBA BASKETBALL IS NOTHING BUT A FAKE FRAUD FORM OF THE SPORT. TV RIGHTS HAS RUINED THE GAME!!!



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:44 pm
 

NBA disputes Paul Allen reports, digs deeper

Yes, you read that correctly. The NBA just allegedly disputed that one of their owners issued a "take it or leave it" ultimatum to the players by issuing a "take it our leave it" ultimatum to a newspaper. They allegedly decided to make it clear that Allen didn't issue a statement that pre-conditioned the negotiations by pre-conditioning their disputed account. They allegedly defended Allen from charges of a "my way or the highway" attitude by threatening the paper with the most basic "my way or the highway" tactic known to media.
But you forgot to remind us of the decades old acrimony between The Oregonian and the Trail Blazers. You forgot to tell of the many times the paper has lied and omitted the truth to get sensationalistic shock-jock style controversy stirred up around the team. Small wonder the Blazers insist on talking with, you know, a real journalist. How many times must they be publically assassinated before they decline to discuss a business subject with sports writers and prefer to talk with a business writer? Because their sports columnist is actually a real radio shock-jock who gets paid for provoking controversy. The paper in question several years ago had to bring an outside editor in to try to diffuse the vitriol coming from the paper. Ask anyone how the Oregonian is surviving with a paper of only a dozen or so pages? They resort to sensationalism. The local citizens are not buying it. As I have often told my kids when someone said something untrue: "Consider the source".



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 6:26 pm
 

NBA disputes Paul Allen reports, digs deeper

As Ken Berger of CBSSports.com eloquently put it, this is .
 Ben Golliver is not only another CBS hack, but delusional. How is writing circus behavior eloquent? Honestly, have you ever read Dante, Homer or Shakespeare? They're eloquent. Berger is a hack. "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers." That's eloquent.

The media hates when anyone won't talk to them. They always defend their own. Katzowitz defends Francesa. Dodd defends that hack @ Stillwater over Gundy and now Golliver defends the scribe from Portland. Boo hoo. How about writing a story instead of simply using ready made quotes? Is that too hard for a journalist to do? But then again, you have to be one to do that.

These owners, athletes and coaches do not have to talk to you. This is sports, not national security. More and more I respect George Hendrick who never spoke to the press. That guy had it figured out long ago. Don't talk to the jackals. 4th Estate my tuchus.



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 6:05 pm
 

NBA disputes Paul Allen reports, digs deeper

What a worthless article!


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