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Steve Nash: Both sides are 'inevitably selfish'

Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:08 pm
Posted by Royce Young

How do you explain the lockout? Not in terms of Basketball Related Income or a hard salary cap or the luxury tax. How do you really describe it to the guy changing your oil or the lady working at the toll booth?

Basically it's this: There's money to be divided and both sides want their cut. No matter how you spin it, that's the heart of the issue. And knowing that one sides makes billions of dollars and the other makes millions of dollars means it's extremely hard for the everyday fan to relate to the issues.

Steve Nash understands. Via the Arizona Republic:
"You have two wealthy sides arguing over percentage points,” Nash said. “It’s hard for fans to understand that this is a business. I don’t blame them. If I were in their shoes, I’d be critical, frustrated or even angry. You just want to see the game you love. Both sides are arguing for inevitably selfish reasons, but also for what’s right when they are gone. It’s a big mess.”
Not just fans that don't get it, but I think a lot of players feel the same way. Michael Beasley called it "retarded." Glen Davis said to just take 51 percent and move on. Terrence Williams said enough is enough. Micky Arison's "barking at the wrong owner" tweet basically indicated that he doesn't get it either. Like Nash said, the whole thing's a mess.

The brass tacks of the dispute is indeed that both sides are being selfish. Greedy even. Players can call owners that, but the reality is, they want to protect their $5.1 million salary and make sure it doesn't drop to, gasp, $4.7 million.

Call it whatever you want, try and disguise it as getting a "fair" deal or just be honest like Nash. Reality is, the whole thing sucks and it's all about money.

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Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 11:52 am
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Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:18 am

Then walk away from the game or go play INTL

Look, even though 99% of American's don't count Soccer as a real sport or consider F1 racing exciting, both sports make more $ then any of ours.  International appeal is where its at.  Its where the big money is.  If the players have any real balls, go play for an international team this year and show the owners you dont care either.  Just write off this year, forget it, no one cares anymore. 

Face it NBA, you lost 1,000 of fans that will never return.  Ticket prices cost too much anyway unless your rich, can write it off as a business expense or just a idiot who will spend $100 on a ticket to watch a game. 

I know I am out as a fan.  I have no problem watching NCAA basketball or INTL sports     

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:46 am

Steve Nash: Both sides are 'inevitably selfish'

Nash is Right! But its funny that Players no longer want Fisher at the forefront yet voted him in to represent them. But at this point I'm tired of both sides. There is more to living life then these 2 Idiots!

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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:53 pm
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Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:38 pm

Steve Nash: Both sides are 'inevitably selfish'

selfish is an under statement more like greed on both sides. And i think Fisher is not a good negotiator at all for the players side, just saying.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 3:34 pm

Steve Nash: Both sides are 'inevitably selfish'

Nash has been a class act throughout his career. He is saying the truth here. If there were more Nash's on both sides, there would have been no lockout.

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