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JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:11 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 7:42 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

The National Basketball Players Association held a regional meeting in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon to discuss the state of the ongoing labor negotiations with the NBA. The early word was not exactly on message. reports that Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee left the media early to attend another engagement, noting: "There's definitely some guys in there saying that they're ready to fold, but the majority are willing to stand strong."

On Thursday, Fisher wrote on Twitter that the meeting was "important" and noted that "all players including rookies [were] welcome."

Despite that plea, reported that McGee estimated that the number of attendees was "about 25 to 30," fewer than the number who attended the NBPA's most recent regional meeting, held in Las Vegas back in September.  

"Everybody knows we've got to get more people to come to the meetings," McGee said, according to

Shortly after multiple sources independently reported McGee's comments, he posted the following message on Twitter: "I never said anyone is ready to fold! Media always wanna turn it!"

Within an hour, the Los Angeles Times posted audio of McGee's comments, confirming that he did make the statement.

The NBPA's meeting is taking place one day after NBA commissioner David Stern began a media blitz that included an attack on NBPA executive director Billy Hunter, who he said has been inaccurately representing the NBA's offer to rank-and-file players.

Check back later for further updates from the NBPA's labor meeting in Los Angeles.

Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2011 3:51 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

JC you do sound like a hater, besides your job, what else can you do really well????

Nothing, thats probadly why you will stick with job you have because you haven't got the skill set to move on to something else. I am not knocking you, but you sound bitter because your boss wont pay you a six figure salary, he's got the money to do it, but he's not because your not worth the money and your area manager, or district manager is!

Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2011 3:41 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

This is a classic case of "Billionaries vs. Millionaires"

What I think most fans forget, is that OWNERS pay the players salaries, FANS don't. Now dont get me wrong, we buy tickets and merchandise licensed to the league, yes the players get a PERCENTAGE of that revenue.

Example I live in Atlanta, where we just signed Joe Johnson to a six-year $120 million dollar contract. I would bet to say less than %20 percent of Joe Johnson's contract comes from actual ticket sales, paid for by the fans. When we pay $50-$100 for single game ticket, majority of that money is going to a number of things. Staffing salaries, front office salaries, building maintenance, concession vendors, ticket representatives,and yes players salaries. 

When people get mad at the players, it boggles my mind because wether you have a bunch of high priced palyers, or a bunch of mid-level salaried players, the ticket prices are either going to remain the same or GO UP IN PRICE!. When you pay to go see Paul McCarthy (never would ever go see this man just using him as an example), He is already been paid up before he steps foot on stage. The arena is giving you a going rate on the tickets, because of the amount of money they paid him to show up and perform. NBA players are the same way.

OWNERS MAKE MONEY OFF THE FANS, when you buy the merchandise, the food, pay to park, pay for all the bells and whistles, that go along with the game, your putting money in the OWNERS POCKET, NOT THE PLAYERS!

The players didnt go on strike, the owners locked them out! They locked out the employees, the staff, the ticket takes, everything. Before you rip the NBA players, saying they don't deserve what they get, remember they worked hard to get what they have, just like you and I. The difference is somebody else decided to pay them more!

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: October 16, 2011 12:13 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

JcAustin, your words were spoken just like someone who can't:  dribble through a crowd of long armed players, jump and extend his arms over 10feet, spot up and hit a 19' jump shot with ease, pass a ball deftly while running full speed up court
You're a chump!
You think ANY of those skills make them worthy of the money they make?
Better yet, are any of those physical skills worth more than someone using his brain as his asset in the job field?

Nope.. I can't do any of those things you mentioned, at least not at the level the NBA players do it at.
WOW!! Good for them. Congratulations NBA players... you can play basketball REALLY well. Woopideedoo!!
What else can they do??
Nothing!! They can't even tweet in complete sentences.
They're a bunch of ignorant fools that have relied on their physical skills to make them millions. That's all well and good, but they're not worth the money they make. And the people of this country are just as much the fools for supporting such outrageous salaries for the purpose of entertainment.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 6:31 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Once this gets cleared up the owners need to fire David Stern.  His request to officials to give star players preferential treatment and bias favoring big market money making teams has hurt 2/3 of the owners that lose money due to his strategy.

Don't you get it? The OWNERS INSTRUCTED STERN TO DO EVERYTHING HE'S DONE.... he would have been fired A LONG LONG TIME AGO if he instructed refs to give preferential treatment without the owners permission.  Are you kidding me man?  A commissioner of a leauge would NEVER allow half the things to happen that do happen in the NBA if his bosses didn't back him up....

The NBA is a very corrupt league.... and the owners are in on it, so are the players and everybody else involved. 

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 4:06 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

2/3 of the owners are not going to budge and the reason why is becasue they were losing money last year.  The players lose money and I really don't care about them.  Who I do care about is the concession workers, the ticket sales representatives, the ushers, the parking lot attendants, the barteders, waitresses, restaurant workers, hotel workers, the airlines, and othber businesses that will lose revenue because games are not being held.  The players will not win.  Once this gets cleared up the owners need to fire David Stern.  His request to officials to give star players preferential treatment and bias favoring big market money making teams has hurt 2/3 of the owners that lose money due to his strategy.  Not only should Stern be fired but every major executive in the NBA league office in New York needs to be either released or reviewed because they have failed the league.  Ridiculous how the NBA and the other leagues cannot just follow the format of the very successful NFL.  Salary cap, parity, franchise tags on players, it works.  Unfortunately Stern let his ego get the best of him as he was blessed with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan.  None of today's players have the character, work ethic, or relationship with the fans that these three icons did.   

Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 3:12 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Although some actually care about the NBA, I'm not one of them... but I did read a bunch of posts... pretty good...

I, like so many of you hope the league cancels the season...  not because I don't like the NBA but because I don't like it anymore... for years now players carry the ball, walk constantly and certain stars get preferential treatment so blatant it's hard to stomach... 

Why care about the NBA when college basketball is so much better...  college football?  a good sub for the pros also... and we always have the NHL!!! hahaha  Love the NHL... a sport that some of you can't grasp but if you did you'd love it...

The owners are the ones that put up the money, expose themselves to the risk of running a business and make the decisions as to whether the business thrives or not...

The players... much like those in the NFL... have no beef...  if you can't make millions of $$$ last your whole life then you deserve whatever comes of your poor decisions...

As the average salary for other Americans is somewhere around $50K... maybe more... men getting paid $350,000 (minimum) plus should be able to parlay their salaries into longterm security... then, if their careers are cut short for whatever reason they move on to another line of work... like coaching at the college level which pays well... or covering games on radio/tv...  OR, AND THIS WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH... ACTUALLY PUTTING YOUR FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION TO USE AND GAINING A JOB BASED ON YOUR STUDIES/MAJOR/EXPERTISE... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Like another poster said, since when do employees at McDonalds demand a share of the profits from corporate???

Yeah, I hope they fold for the year... actually, I was hoping the NFL would too...  bring the inmates back to reality... the owners are successful for a reason... they worked, they risked, they got a break...    &nb
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Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 2:41 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

what i dont know is why the players get anywhere near 50% in revenue sharing.. if i own a team and pay u a salary then why am i giving u a sharing revenue bonus?  since when do the animals tell the zoo what time they get fed? bunch of greedy players.. lebron dam sure aint worth 16 million

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:38 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Who cares, I wish the league would fold!  Let them ALL go overseas and play, then they might see what prima donnas they are!

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:13 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

So who really cares about the NBA or it's players?  Certainly not me.  As far as I'm concerned, the players are nothing more than a band of organized thugs (both on and off the court) who have nothing better to do than add a few more tattoos, practice their "tribal rituals" for when they think they have something to celebrate (like make a layup), bad mouth anybody and everything in sight and pretend they're professional athletes.  Maybe what they ought to be doing, while they have the time, is taking a few remedial English classes or studying the art of making cheese.  At least that way they'd have a better idea of what kind of cheese they'd like served with their WHINE!!!

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:28 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

JcAustin, your words were spoken just like someone who can't:  dribble through a crowd of long armed players, jump and extend his arms over 10feet, spot up and hit a 19' jump shot with ease, pass a ball deftly while running full speed up court, and most importantly can't count past 100.  Someone/Anyone should ask the NBA to give a true accounting of the money earned from this international sport that has been marketed world wide, I seem to recall Pro football putting a cap on the rookies but not the veterans, and Pro Baseball salaries are way out of wack with everything and you want the Basketball ball player to do what?

After you have run up and down a Basketball court for 72 games playing hard as hell every game plus the traveling and the dinng issues and you have seen the money that the owners are raking in because of the globalization of ths game, then talk about the salaries.  $40B alot of money to split, If I were a player 250k to 700k would be a joke, or is that just the cut of money from jersey sales you are talking about, or basketball shoe sales, or the concessions, or the parking, you have to be a little more explicit on where the money for the player will be coming from so that we can negotiate how much of a cut the player will get for the other sale items.     

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