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Deron Williams is ready to decertify

Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:57 am
Posted by Royce Young

David Stern gave the players an ultimatum Saturday: Take this deal or get ready for a worse offer.

And the players don't have much left to hit back with though. Stern's got the PR battle won. The proposal he laid out in great detail sounds fair enough to fans so if -- or when -- the players reject it, all the blame is on them.

So with the frustration built from what the players perceive as another weak offer, the decertification train jumped back on the tracks and appears to be running full steam ahead. Jared Dudley retweeted a reporter that tweeted "Hello decertification." Jeff Green tweeted "I CAN'T F'ING BELIEVE THIS!!!" Nazr Mohammed went on another one of his asture, well-thought out Twitter rants.

But Deron Williams came high and hard.

(I think the question mark was supposed to an exclamation point. Just a hunch.)

But Williams sentiment is one many players are feeling. This decertification push is something a lot of players, or at least agents, wanted over the summer. But going hard for it now is akin to trying to stop your house from burning down with your garden hose. It still has merit and it's certainly a tactic, but I don't think Stern and his owners are shaking over it.

The players have until Wednesday to either change their mind or to really dig in. And if they're going to dig in, they might as well get completely crazy and just try to, as one player texted a reporter, blow it to the moon.
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Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:31 am

Deron Williams is ready to decertify

In the antitrust lawsuit against the nba, will Deron be one of the lead plaintiffs with Kobe and Lebron?

Since: Jun 27, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2011 8:06 pm

Deron Williams is ready to decertify

Sorry, but I am a huge sports fan and don't care if the NBA goes away. Tired of only a few teams having a legitimate chance at the championship. Way too many games in a season and the season is too long. NFL, MLB and Golf have working systems (minus the XXX Yankees). Don't need basketball in June. Good riddance NBA.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:16 pm

Deron Williams is ready to decertify

Deron Williams and another couple dozen players making over $10M a year can afford to talk tough (as well as Deron's Turkish current paycheck). But for the hundreds of players playing for less than $2M per year these years are precious. Among those guys there is an average of two years in the NBA and Deron wants to blow off one-half of those years. Dwayne Wade, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Chancy Billups, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul are all stars at the bank as well as on the court. They all have more than enough already to never work again.

The decertification route is a sham. The courts said so in the NFL case and it has even more evidence in this case. Decertification is not a strategy for labor disputes. It is a strategy for insuring there will be no NBA basketball this year. With hundreds of millions in legal fee funds the NBA is more than prepared to diminish this strategy. Remember also that the NBA has said decertification can and may cause the cancellation of all NBA contracts. The league can truly start over then and each player will have to find his own way. Agents love this because the top stars get more money. The lower-paid players will hate this because there are no minimums and no guaranteed contracts. Players must produce or be cut. Eventually though the NBPA will have to come back to the table. The BRI split will be under 47%. The hard cap will be applied. The MLE and the Bird exceptions will be greatly reduced or eliminated. The franchise rule for a player (similar to the NFL) may be inserted. The Maximum Salary will be lowered and shortened. The raises in contracts will be more limited. And the rest of us will be watching soccer or football or spring baseball or college basketball. Deron Williams and company will be infamous as the players that just did not get it.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:25 am

Deron Williams is ready to decertify

I keep reading about how fans don't care, and so many of us have posted that the NBA should just go away. Owners and players are greedy, it's a bad product, etc.

This is what I think the reality really is: We DO care. We DO want basketball, and we want the NBA product, even with its imperfections. What we're frustrated about is that the NBA and NBPA are fighting over millions and billions - numbers most of us can't effectively fathom and will certainly never have in our lifetimes.

It's sort of like watching two ridiculously wealthy people go through a divorce and have a years-long court battle over who gets the lawn gnome. 

In my opinion, the fact that the owners and players are both greedy and selfish is sort of a necessary evil that we have to put up with and accept if we want the game. And I do, in fact, want the game. I'm an NBA guy, and all the college sports, NFL, baseball, hockey and olympics in the world won't take its place.

Oh, and another reality we need to face: The lockout is the FANS' FAULT. That's right, you heard me. It's my fault and it's yours. We're the ones who have continued to pay rising prices for tickets, cable TV, jerseys and all of the other products that produce the BRI that's being fought over so desperately.

Any of the likely outcomes (which are what, again?) don't look good for the NBA. 

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:04 am

Deron Williams is ready to decertify

I guarentee you at least 75% Of the players would decertify and come back under almost any circumstance the league wants. the rest of the 25% could be filled in by draft picks and european players.

Make this happen. That'a boy Deron Williams. Its time for the Players to fight their own representation. 

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