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Your Morning Dump… Where players would ratify just about any deal right now

RedsArmyAdmin October 30, 2011 Uncategorized 4 Comments

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Friday talks that began with Hunter saying the union would "spend as much time as we possibly need in the hopes of making a deal'' were abruptly halted when the NBA once again presented its scenario of a 50-50 BRI split. Upon leaving, Hunter said the union leaders "made it clear we could not sell a 50-50 deal to our membership.''

To which we say: Why not have a secret-ballot vote, just to be completely sure?

"I'm afraid of what the answer would be,'' one longtime NBA player agent told Newsday when asked the same question

Newsday: Give players secret ballot; games will begin

This cuts to the heart of why owners have the leverage and why they're so quick to cancel the first full month of the season.  Because while most people look at players as the spoiled rich athletes, the majority of them don't make enough to sustain their lifestyles without paychecks for very long. 

And let's face it, they're not renting reasonable apartments and driving used Hondas.  Neither would you if you were them.  But with that comes the knowledge from everyone that these guys won't last a full season without paychecks.  It's why people say "just accept the deal now, because it will only get worse."  Owners know the players will cave because the majority of them just want to get paid again.  

The KG's of the world can miss a season because he's made a ton of cash and he can spread his payments out for years.  But Avery Bradley can't.  And there are more Bradleys than Garnetts in the league. 

At this point, it's in Billy Hunter's best interests to call Stern and say "let's split the difference."  If the players come out of this with 51%, they should just be happy with it.  I know they've given up a lot.  Too much, in my opinion.  But the circumstances dictate a change in strategy.  It's like a the DA on Law & Order realizing he's losing the jury.  It's time to make a deal. 

Offer to split the difference on BRI if owners back off a little on outstanding luxury tax issues.  Make the deal.  End this, for everyone's sake.  

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    Is Stern going to run for president after he’s done squashing Hunter and the players association?
    I dont like this talk of a full season, or a 78 game season. Considering how the C’s have played in the 2nd half the last 2 years, I was hoping for a 50-60 game season, where the C’s can roll into the play-offs hot and make a run at it.
    This will be a very interesting and short period of free agency….Ainge is somewhat shackled by the make-up of the C’s current roster, but I’m hoping some decent players will get cut with the amnesty clause and possibly land in Boston.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    Interesting take on the other team’s cutting folks, hadn’t considered that fully yet. Probably because I assume whatever cap/tax gets in will deter most owners from going over.
    Of course, assuming there is even a season.. these guys are acting very stupid. Almost like they enjoy the spotlight and the reality tv soap opera, ooo almost a deal, ooo he said something bad, ooo no they say something bad.

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