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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 16, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 1:36 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

NBA players complain about the calls because the NBA is extremely tough to officiate. A ref has to constantly be looking for 3 second violations in the paint, at the players feet for travels, at the defenders arms for reaching in, and at the players hands for carrying all at the same time. That's why the NBA refs are considered the worst in sports and that's why the athletes are going to complain more than in other sports.

I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE that people are going to HATE this rule change in the playoffs. Players will be receiving technicals for the most nonchalant and mundane expressions that may be considered offensive to a ref. Teams will lose important games because of these rule changes. With all of the scandals and whatnot that refs are being accused of every year, this will not help their cause.



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 1:28 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

I agree the complaining and temper tantrums have gone out of control but I can only blame one person for this...David Stern!!!  He has turned the NBA into a show. The officials are out there as a side show half of the time making some of the most rediculous calls. Its no wonder the players go nuts and complain. Why cant we have college refs, college rules, and just let players play basketball the way its meant to be played?  Give the players officials that work hard, show respect, and call a fair game and you will cut your complaining in half! 



Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2010 1:27 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

I'm a Spurs fan, and I will be glad if I don't have to look at those straining faces of "what, I didn't do anything?" Or the ones where they look like all they need is a toilet and some charmin.



Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2010 1:25 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

That's the issue though. The lack of respect. It's just a small minority that causes these rules, but it's still an issue. I've been to a number of games and seen and heard the garbage that comes out of players mouths to the refs, it sure as hell isn't "sorry, but I think you're wrong".

As for celebrating, it's clear when its a celebration and when it's a taunt. These guys are paid well for playing a game, the least they could do is direct their frustration and anger knowing that this sport was played not to just be competitive, but to be fun for all ages, and not just the hardcore fan. Naismith would say STFU and play. So play. Divert that energy on the next fast break, the next box out, or the next posterization!



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 1:25 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Man Kobe Bryant is in trouble. He's the biggest whiner there is.



Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2010 1:16 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

I would actually like to see less pissn and whining on the court from the players. The entitled ones for sure. It's no fun taking the kids to a game and seeing a grown, money made man stomping his feet and yelling at a guy for calling a foul or whistling him for any penalty.

It's equivalent to the kids breaking a rule at the house and crying to me because they have to go sit in the corner for something THEY did.

Obviously some tools believe that you can make all that money and be however you want with a product to sell and still be called a "professional". Amateurs!




Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2010 1:10 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Yes, I think all athletes should be mindless, passionless zombies that don't care about the game.  For anyone that has played any sport and was passionate about it, would understand wanting to express your side of the equation.  So now the officials have even more discretionary ability to control the game instead of letting the people who fans want to watch play.  But again the union should be more concerned with the league continuing play instead of making a stand here.  Who knows, maybe the league will start letting the officials give T's to the fans when they start booing.  It's as bad as the NFL with their excessive celebration penalties.  As long as you are not taunting someone or being disrespectful to another player then what's wrong with celebrating. That goes the same for stating “Sorry Mr. Official, but you may have gotten that call incorrect.” 




Since: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:46 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Stern Should Be More Worried About  Most Of The Fans Who Believe That The NBA Officals  and his office are fixing the games , than worrying about players arguing!!!!!



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:41 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

The is obviously an article written by someone who has never competed at anything. "Just tell your guys to chill out and go play." Wow! Imagine what sports would be if athletes all chilled out? Whoever this guy is that wrote this article is a joke and needs a new job.


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