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Players meet Saturday to confirm position

Posted on: October 9, 2011 2:23 am
By Matt Moore

In another event in a sequence throughout the lockout that sounds like one thing and is really another, the NBPA canceled a Sunday regional meeting in Los Angeles. Immediately the questions began. "Does this mean they're meeting with the league? Is it a last-minute hail mary? Is there hope?" 

No, not so much, it was just more convenient for them to get their rabble rousing out of the way early.

Yahoo! Sports reports that the meeting was rescheduled because it was more convenient for the players already in Miami to hold it Saturday night.  After the meeting, Carmelo Anthony slammed the door shut on any sort of hopefulness that might have been brewing. From the AP: 
The way Anthony put it Saturday night, it almost seems inevitable."Theyre going to cancel the first two weeks of the season," Anthony said. "Well see what happens then. If they want to lock us out, lock us out. Were going to stick together."

The New York Knicks forward played in the South Florida All-Star Classic hosted by Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami, the latest - and most competitive - of the many exhibitions players have participated in during this lockout that reached the 100-day mark Saturday. NBA Commissioner David Stern has said that the first two weeks of the regular season could be canceled as early as Monday if a deal is not struck.

Anthony says it would not be "realistic" for the sides to agree on anything before then.
via Now what? After Miami game, players wait and see - NBA - Basketball.

Yahoo! also reports that at the meeting, the players stuck to their guns regarding 53 percent of BRI being the lowest their willing to go, while no meetings were scheduled due to the league's insistence on a 50-50 split being a precursor to any further talks.  

So here we are. The trenches have been dug, both sides are settled in for the shelling, and Stern's finger is on the trigger. Barring a miracle, the first two weeks of the 2011-2012 NBA season will be canceled on Monday, costing the league, players, team cities, employees, local businesses and supporting industries millions of dollars, because the two sides won't even get in a room to discuss it.

Everyone's stopped trying to make sense out of the lockout, because you can't make sense out of something that's not driven by reasonable people. From the owners' childish insistences to the players' hyper-reactive defensiveness and clownish pouting, both sides have revealed themselves as more dedicated to "winning" this fight than getting a deal done. It's a business negotiation, and so it's cutthroat. But too often this has taken on the feel of the inmates running the asylum. The dogs are playing poker, and we hit the river.
If any meetings pop up in the next 24 hours we'll keep you updated and once the axe falls, we'll have complete reaction to that, too. The lockout drags on. 

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 7:42 am

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

You know what i'm really sick of. People who say they have been a fan of the league for so long and are sick of it now and want parity.

The NBA has NEVER EVER had parity in it. It has been dominated by a select few teams over the history of the game. And in most instances there was only one or two teams to have a shot to win. In a sport that is so highly dominated by individuals, having players go where they want is their free agent right.

Stop talking about parity when in fact the NBA historically has been the last league with the most parity to it. The least amount of champions.

amazingly enough, MLB who does not have a salary cap has more parity to it than the NBA or its fans can ever imagine.  

Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2011 7:32 am

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

ive said it all along.. i am on the side of the owners.. you own a company to make money and they are not making money.. its been years since the NBA has had any kind of relevance..  and with the whole thing that Lebron did..  the players are just making me sick.. please owners.. cancel the season and make the players understand ..  they are way over paid

Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 7:24 am

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

I agree!  I've been a long-time fan, but this greedy bunch will not get any more of my cash.  If fans stopped being the sugar daddy, team owners and players might get their heads out of their ....

Since: Jul 6, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 7:08 am

Please Cancel The Season

Good Riddance to the NBA:  I have been a long time follower of the NBA, and I could care less for the sport now.  The players are in control of the league, and get to decide where they play and create super teams, while a large percentage of the teams wallow in obscurity.  There is no parity in the league, and as a former fan of a team that doesn't want to pay a luxury tax, and isn't in one of the top 5 places to live, I have little hope for that team. 

Please cancel the season!

If for some reason the season should be played:  Fans please cancel the season by not watching and wasting your money on a bunch of greedy, selfish, immature, multi-millionaires.  They don't deserve your money, and they have shown that they really don't care about what we think.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 6:54 am

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

Thank You Players for standing up to agressive billionaires trying to suck even more of the nations money into the top 1%.  I wish more of us had the gut they are showing.  The idiot public complains about some "elitist" college researcher who makes 40 grand a year while mindlessly pushing the agenda of the ultra-rich. 

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