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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: Oct 15, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 10:00 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Despite what their press release says, don't you have to believe that the litigation is about money?  The NBA changed the rules in a way that will clearly generate more tecnicals and at the same time increased the fines.  Talk about "Taxation without representation"!  The players wallets is a legitimate concern for the union.



Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 9:39 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

I like that you called the writer of the column an idiot, yet your response has about 100 spelling mistakes.  Well done.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 9:19 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Before you get all excited about the leagues stance, which I totally agree with, look at the writer of the column and how he bated most into thinking like he does.  I think the wrirter of the column is a idiot, and has some hidden agendas towrds NBA players.  He sounds like a whimpy kid who got beat up all the time as a kid.  Since the Donoghue exposure, many have witnessed scrupulous referees who have fixed games, targeted Rasheed Wallace and other players while getting paid under the table.  If the players want to really make noise, they should boycott until the league hires an entirely new staff.  The players are whats important in the game and the refs have too much room to make mistakes without being question.  What's further disheartening is the players being treated less than men.  These are men we are talking about who play a sport to win and compete at a high level.  If they complain abput a call, it is probably becuase it was something to complain about.  Keven Garnett has never een the one to complain for the sake of complaining.  Referees are the mutants of the man who can't play sports of at a high level and take it out on the players who show them up.  They take it way too personal and they need more parameters or just fire them.    Question:  Why when it comes to foul play in life in regards to injustice toward mankind does a "White person have to be invovled?  Interesting



Since: May 27, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2010 8:55 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

If the refs were actually doing their jobs, this would be a different story. But they suck and they've proven to be crooked. The players have a right to be upset about it.



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2010 8:34 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

If the players were being more physical in their whining I'd say go get em Stern. If they're just b*tching let them whine. The refs need to suck it up. The players need to act like adults. It's like a hall monitor getting the authority to put a kid in detention because the kid called the hall monitor a dork. I'd rather watch football, hockey, baseball and soccer than the school yard joke the NBA has become. (all comments about diving in soccer will be dismissed as petty jealousy of their acting skills) :)



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 8:17 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

      
;   I think this rule came about because of the absolute embarassment that was the LeBron Telethon.  I think this is once and for all the NBA drawing a line in the sand and saying professional basketball over here and Hip Hop culture and acting like a self centered child over there.
      
;    The scary thing is the NBA wants the players to act more professional, with a little more self respect and respect for others, play more like a team, and basically carry themselves as adults, ya know, more like the way the college game is played, the game everyone loves more then the NBA.  Since my Sixers are more like a college team this can only benefit my team.   As a Sixers fan I love this rule because our players won't be getting thrown out for this behavior.  Our players were never good enough to have the rules of life not apply to them as they grew up etc.  Our players have never had the reputations around the league where they could get away with this behavior in the first place.  How awesome is this rule for my team?  The Sixers will win the championship because everyone else is getting kicked out of gym!  And I don't know how a lawsuit can help them, can't a good lawyer drag that out all season long?

I Love it!   If the adults (NBA players)  just acted more like the children (college players)  none of this would be an issue! 




Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 7:33 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

How ironic. The League implements a rule because the players are "allegedly" complaining too much and what do the players do? You guessed it, complain some more. I think it a bit harsh to target emotion but as far as the complaining goes, there are a lot of players who really harass officials. Garnett and Kobe come to mind. However, this is nothing new. Jordan did the exact same thing. He would get in the ref's ear and give them a mouthful, especially near the end of games because he knew there was no way they would toss him in crunch time. Although I would like to see less of all that crying to officials I DO think the League went overboard with the new approach. If a kid eats too much junk food you can't take away all his food.




Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 7:20 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Dear Mr. Stern,
Years ago you took a league that was a death's door and turned into a giant.  You had the likes of Magic, Larry, Isiah, and Michael and rode them to being close to the number one sport in the Nation.  Then came Shaq, Kobe, LeBron and others and wanted to change them.  You said we need to be more professional we need to wear suits and ties on the sideline.  We need to not let players be players.  Now we are giving techs for asking questions.  NBA attendance keeps going down, why because we are not paying to see refs officate but players play.  I don't think the Lakers, Celtics, Pistons, or Bulls teams that you built your league on could survive in todays NBA because they would all be suspend or quit.  Let players play and have refs have a little bit of thick skin.
THE FANS!



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 6:07 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Physical game the most boring thing ever????!!!!  Knicks vs. Bulls boring!  Bulls vs. Pistons, uneventful.  Knicks vs. Pacers, ho hum.  Bulls vs. Jazz, snoozefest.  I'd even take a regular season 90s era Cavs vs. Bucks game over many of the games today.  I vastly prefered basketball more when it WAS a more physical game.  The rule changes led me away from basketball.  Don't get me wrong, The Lake Show or Run TMC or any team lead by Steve Nash is fun too, but thats because they had the personel to do it effectively.  Not to mention that I think the rule changes had a hand in lowering the parity of the league.  I'm curious...who wants to see mildly defended graceful but repetitive slam dunks and who wants to see ardently guarded baskets and the struggle of one group of talented men against another?



Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2010 4:38 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Agree this clown never competed in his life. The problem is the NBA refs are biased to one team playoffs even more then regular season. So you have a man who is paid to do this for a living get a basket stolen or some other bogus call them make to help this years current money maker for the NBA and people wonder why he gets upset. Sports is about emotions. I have to wonder how much more of this before the NBA starts to lose viewers.


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