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The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Posted on: October 14, 2010 9:50 pm
 
Player's Union intends to file suit against league for rule regarding player's acting like four-year-olds.
Posted by Matt Moore




Tantrums. That's apparently what the NBA's Player's Union feels is the hill to push litigation over . Not a better pension plan, or fewer regular season games, or even revenue sharing, apparently. They're going to pursue litigation over their right to stomp and yell and scream and curse the officials who are only doing their jobs. Because, really, when you think about it, that's what the Union needs most of all.

Perhaps you were curious about what the union is actually saying. Here's their press release, courtesy of KB:

The new unilateral rule changes are an unnecessary and unwarranted overreaction on the league’s behalf. We have not seen any increase in the level of “complaining” to the officials and we believe that players as a whole have demonstrated appropriate behavior toward the officials. Worse yet, to the extent the harsher treatment from the referees leads to a stifling of the players’ passion and exuberance for their work, we fear these changes may actually harm our product. The changes were made without proper consultation with the Players Association, and we intend to file an appropriate legal challenge.

Let's go through this line by line, in the most often-replicated-never-really-dupli
cated
way possible, shall we?

"The new unilateral rule changes are an unnecessary and unwarranted overreaction on the league’s behalf."

Unnecessary. An ironic word to use since, considering no referee has ever reversed a call on the basis of a player's complaint, the complaint in and of itself is unnecessary. So the rule to prevent unnecessary actions is unnecessary, which would of course make the complaints necessary, but they of course are not necessary. Now, that's some faulty logic, but the point's still the same. The rule is necessary. It's how it's execute that you can argue may not be.

"We have not seen any increase in the level of 'complaining' to the officials and we believe that players as a whole have demonstrated appropriate behavior toward the officials. "

I'll believe there's been no increase, but that doesn't mean the level is appropriate. Because it's not. Watch Tim Duncan. Or Kobe Bryant. Or even Kendrick Perkins. Or, you know, Kevin Garnett (or look at the gigantic picture above). Even Celtics fans complained about how much the team complained last year. But maybe that's just an accent thing.

"Worse yet, to the extent the harsher treatment from the referees leads to a stifling of the players’ passion and exuberance for their work, we fear these changes may actually harm our product."

This as opposed to players taking games off in the middle of the season because they're "bored" or the fact that officials being influenced towards not calling fouls leads to a physical game like existed in the late 90's, AKA the most boring brand of basketball on the planet. But whatevs. The players are clearly worried about the product. That's why they're so easy to coach.

"The changes were made without proper consultation with the Players Association, and we intend to file an appropriate legal challenge."

Right, because the change wasn't discussed for weeks and the players weren't given a heads up on it. That's how that went down. It was a sneak attack! Like Pearl Harbor, only with Kevin Garnett being ejected for yelling and screaming!

I tend to side with the Union on most issues, including those regarding the upcoming CBA and the essential need for a better revenue sharing model. But to pick this as the issue they want to sue over in a season with as many issues to discuss as this one is absurd. Just tell your guys to chill out and go play.
Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 5:38 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

I for one am sick and tired of flops, mouthy players overacting to every call smart@@@ remarks throw the techionals at the prima donnas. Maybee just maybee a point guard can go down the court and his competator wont flop as he gets juked out of his shorts. Plus the animated facial expressions I have not watched the NBA in years because of this and players like Kolbe thinking he deserves a foul shot for looking at him cross.
GET OVER IT AND JUST PLAY BASKET BALL ITS WHAT YOUR PAID TO DO.



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 5:31 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

I don't agree with you CPKsports. There were more classy players in my era than there is now. Too many thug wannabe's in today's era. Too much crying at refs at pretty much every call. You didn't see as much back in the day. Yes it was rough back in the 80's becasue the refs let them play and when players took hard fouls they got right back up and kept playing. Today's thug mentality is to complain and cry. You mention Duncan? Duncan is the biggest crybaby there is! I'm not too sure you are watching the same games I'm watching. And you mention Bogut as a great player? He is better than average but NOT great. I don't ever remember a brawl like the one in Detroit when it went into the stands back in the 80's. Face it, this era has too many crybabies and my points prove it.



Since: Oct 15, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 5:29 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

My fahter who taught me the game of basketball and who was a long-time NBA fan has refused to watch any games over the last couple of years. When I asked him why he's changed his mind about the game, he said that the game has changed. He got sick of players crying after every call and the players berating the referees. 



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2010 5:16 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

The rule change allows the ref's to manapulate the game for the spread, thus ejecting or calling fouls which could decide the outcome of the game. Looks like they are following the NFL's game plan..



Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 4:00 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

I agree with CPK Sports.  How about the Pistons Bad Boy era.   I live in Venice, CA...the courts there are rough and people deal with it.  It's the game.  Refs should only be there to keep things fair and stop worrying about how they look.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:52 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Sorry all, I did not spell check or grammar check and my typing stinks!



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:51 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Although they mey be taking it too fair, as a fan and father, I do not want to take my kids to a game where grown men are ranting and challenging every call.  There is the rarity where the call was erroneous and hurts the game, but the are also calls that are missed that the players get away with so why not call it an offset and not argue with officials.  Let the league punish the refs for screwing up calls, not the players.  I like enthusiasm and getting emoptional over the game, but I do not want my kids thinking compalining over every call is reasonable.  In football, there is holding on almost every play but the lineman usually are not complete babies when it is called because they know they have gotten away with it several times.  Further, they are probably a little too tired to complain but still the point remains there is a give and take relationship so if the game is going to be called right, and those 3 step travels by superstars are going to be called, then what?  Some of those guys would cry every play!  Usualy before righting the ship there is an over correction and then things calm down and get on a better course so lets give it a chance and then see if it ends up a little more even called.  Being emotional does not mean is it repsonsible and goof for role models so although some of these guys have been taught how far they can push, they can learn to manage their tempers and comlaining to a point that the families and people that are there for the actual talent while the game clock is running will not be offended or upset with what their 8 year old son who is learning basketball saw.  I am not saying my opinion is the only one but I will say I do not want my kids thinking that is how they should behave in a game that is meant to be fun.  Is it ok for a football player to slug another in the nuts because he is emotional?  No, there is a boundary that nees to be established and maybe that is what the league is after here, nothing more than fine tuning what should be called and what should not.  PRe season is a great time to try that stuff out!  Maybe it gets better opening week!



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:47 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Classy players like Erving and Bobby Jones?  Laughable.  Do you really remember that era?  Brawls, womanizing, hard drugs, racism.  Glad its in the past.  Rasheed Wallace is this era's worst example?  Wow. He's the pope compared to your 'glory days'.  Follow the great players of today - Duncan, Nash, Allen, Parker, Bogut.  YOu are focusing on the negative.  Face it, the era you speak of was way worse?



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:42 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

So you get angry about athletes who argue about calls?  To the point where you stop ewatching it and following it?  Wow.  Extreme.  I think I got a sport for you.  Chess.  Or how about ping pong? 

And newsflash, but a vast majority of NBA players are not premadonnas or self promoters.  You just seem to focus on them.  Open your eyes.



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:38 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

PRoblem with your argument is that these are pro athletes and hence competitive. So you're saying nooone should argue a call?  Then you give all the power to the refs?  Whining about calls.  I bet any coach would rather a guy show that he cares a bit rather than sit there like a statue.  YOu probably dont play sports but refs make bad calls and should be yelled at for it.


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