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Posts Tagged ‘ Lockout ’

Players Union: Fact or Fiction

  What in the name of Michael Curry is going on with the Players Union lately? I admit, I am a little on edge as a result of not having NBA basketball since June 12th. But yet n’ still (to quote Eric Snow) the Union is getting on my last nerve. Okay, so they...
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In all the drama of labor negotiations one issue that is not being talked about enough is the possibility of raising the age requirement for rookies. The NBA wants it to be 2 years removed of high school. This could be a major issue even when the financial terms of the CBA are decided.
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Officiating The Lockout: 3 In The Key

Officiating The Lockout: 3 In The Key

In NBA Lockout 2011 most people see two groups at the negotiationg table: The Players (Billy Hunter, Derek Fisher, Jeffrey Kessler, and other ‘bean-counters’) & The Owners (David Stern, Adam Silver, Peter Holt, and even older ‘bean-counters’). But there is a third group that is also playing a major role: The Agents. Most people include them on...
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The ‘Lame’ Game

The ‘Lame’ Game

It has already begun…..every NBA website ending in “.com” has gone with the same theme this week: The Blame Game. Negotiations have fallen apart and both sides are headed for the courtrooms, so naturally every “bloggissist” with a keyboard has started taking shots. I apologize if I come off too ‘Phil Jackson‘ here but what is...
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There are 2 kinds of NBA Player Reps…Roger Mason Jr. has turned down overseas offers, stayed low key, and focused on labor talks. Meanwhile, Etan Thomas has been negotiating w/ a Spanish team, writing weekly blogs, and publicly blasting David Stern. Props go to Mase.
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Owners Not Bluffing

Owners Not Bluffing

The NBA Players Union pulled the ultimate bargaining ploy on Monday…they walked away from the table. That is the loudest message you can possibly send (without actually raising your voice). This is the NBA’s version of high stakes poker. Even Paul Pierce would be folding his hand at this table. Billy Hunter, Derek Fisher,...
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I ran into former UNC Tar Heels Marvin Williams & Tyler Hansbrough last night in San Diego. Neither one mentioned any interest in playing overseas during the Lockout. Both look in great shape and are itching to get the NBA season started.
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With the NBA Lockout inching closer to an end 2 of the more “hardline” owners (Dan Gilbert, Robert Sarver) are backing off their radical demands & going with a more moderate stance on labor terms. Could this just be damage control with a deal close? Agents have long memories when it comes to $.
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What’s gotten into Dan Gilbert?

What’s gotten into Dan Gilbert?

Before I begin let me just proclaim something to the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers: My name is Martin Knezevic and I, sir, am a “bloggissist.” Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I must also warn you readers…I might actually say something nice about Dan Gilbert here (though I haven’t decided yet). We all remember the rage in...
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Paul Pierce is leading the movement to decertify the Union which would most likely cause the entire season to being canceled. Kevin Garnett nearly killed negotiations recently with his intimidation tactics. I know that fellow Celtic Rajon Rondo needs more time to rehab his elbow injury but this is getting ridiculous.
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Players Union should go ‘Euro’

A strong contingent of European players in the NBA were pushing the Union to accept the owners’ “final” offer recently, this according to the Chicago Tribune. Why were they, of all people, so intent on getting a season started ASAP? This is the one group of players who you’d think could best handle an extended Lockout. Should...
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The Commish, David Stern, has been labeled as hanging the players out to dry. Wrong, he’s done his best to help the players in labor talks. From day one, Stern has been convincing the “hardline” owners to ease off some of their radical demands. Setting a deadline for Wednesday was not his choice.
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Michael Jordan was Never a Players’ Guy

Michael Jordan was Never a Players’ Guy

Why are people surprised that Michael Jordan of the Charlotte Bobcats is one of the “hardline” owners as this NBA Lockout gets ugly? Come on, everything about the guy screams hard line…..the way he approached the game, the way he treated his opponents…shoot, even the way he treated his own teammates. So, just because he...
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The “hardline” owners that are trying to increase parity in a new CBA are only hurting themselves. Some prominent agents may choose to blackball these smaller-market teams, forcing future free agents back to the big markets. The rich could just be getting richer.  
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Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting that Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith will most likely be released from their contracts in China when the NBA Lockout ends. I spoke about this likelihood back in September.
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