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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: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:28 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

 I agree fact, I agree so much, that I think the nba should totally disband, close up shop, and NEVER play again!   ALL those stinking thugs would then be forced to go out and really have to work for a living!    With the economy in the shape it's in, it is in the best interests of all concerned, that the nba just cease and desist ALL operations immediately!!   NOW, and forever!!   Pro football rules!!!!!

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:10 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

This is truly a bad time for the NBA players to not all be on the same page, Pro Football is in full swing, NHL hockey is starting, BaseBall is in it's last month and College Football is in the middle of its season, and the big baby College Basketball is ready to start.  Pro Basketball could go missing for a few months and no one would notice with all of the other sports enjoying the spotlight.

The players talking about a NBA Player league is just nonsense, the logistics alone would cause many of the player to not make every game, depending on the payscale, travel, etc etc.  J. McGee does not represent all/most of the NBA Players, he is just one voice, the media looking for news would run with anything told to them as though it was the gospel, so we who read have learned to mostly ignore 85% of it and concentrate on the source.  The most important thing J. Mcgee said that we should pay attention to is the attendance at the negotiations, the NBA should have a major turnout of all of its stars if they are to give the appearance of solidarity, if this does not happen, I will be spending most of my time enjoying the NFL, College Football and the upcoming College Basketball season before I realize that the NBA is missing. 

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:38 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Whats next?? Are they gonna complain to NIKE that they dont make enough MILLIONS for wearing a shoe? They play a game and dont even work a whole year, complain to the guy that has to put in overtime just to buy a ticket to watch your pampered asses.. This league and its greed has killed college basketball, everyone is in a hurry to get that paycheck and most guys drafted arent any good.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:22 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Forget this season. Lets draft some new teams next year and forget these guys. Maybe if they weren't paying these guys millions and millions a year we wouldn't have to pay $7 for a hotdog. Kobe can go play in Italy or whatever, who cares.

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:58 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

At least there is one NBA player who tells the truth!

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:54 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

If I were the owners, I'd get them to work for half of what they currently get.  Check the global economy Pa

And that's exactly why you're not an owner. If the owners don't pay, they have no players. If they have no players, they have no team. If they have no team, they have no money coming in. LOL @ "I'd get them to..." Good luck with that. Don't you think if that was possible they would have done it a long time ago? 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:49 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Salvery DOES still exist in America...but it's reversed from what some minorities pretend...the slaves are the 51% of people that actually work and pay taxes, to support those who choose not to. It's a growing condition, enhanced by a shrinking economy, and reluctance to spend less regardless of the financial impacts.

The NBA has noticed, finally. largely obsolete, or at least irrelevant, in sports. . Sports have been a place where the largest incomes, least education requirements and highest percentage of blacks coincide, but they sometimes still fall back on the race card when it's convenient. It actually harms minorities, lowers the bar, reduces respect and perpetuates racism...and as long as there are people that make a living from "defending" against it, there will be racism.

It's a tired argument that has outived it's effectiveness.

The NBA union argument is one that can't be supported. The average player makes $5 million a year, and the business they are employed by has the highest percentage of minorites per dollar of salary than any in the U.S. The NBA lost $300 million last year, and player salaries were well over 2 BILLION...The argument that what the owners are proposing is unfair, racist or that it just isn't enough, is thinner than Manute Bol. 

Players need to agree to what keeps them wealthy, AND employed and go back to work, or go elsewhere. Owners have been too patient already, and frankly, us taxpayers that have helped pay for arenas not bringing in income during the lockout, want to see our investment return on profit that can be taxed that can help us pay for those who would rather sit home and watch the NBA than actually work to pay for it.     


Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:11 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

HighImpact.... you're dead on.
The NBA, as with the other major sports, need a market correction. Right now, it's the NBA on the hot seat, so they should set the precedent.
Those guys should have a minimum/maximum player salary of around $250k - $700k. Even that is still A LOT of money.
What, because you can dribble a ball makes you more valuable than a guy that can sell a car or write a computer program??
By the way---the ENTIRE economy has gone through a market correction, why not sports too??

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:07 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Bottom line, there is NO NBA w/o the Players who are the talent that drives the league.
The Owners are Bloodsuckers and Parasites that derive a living from the end product.
NewsFlash: That's what being an OWNER of a company is all about.
You hire your employees and those employees bring the money in. The owner, who invested all of his money starting up the company, gets the profits while the employees, who agreed to work for x-amount of dollars, get paid their salary.
What is so hard about this to understand?
If you work at McDonalds, do you expect the profits on top of your $7 an hour???
Talk about slave labor.

Man I'd give my left nut to play basketball for 6 months a year and get paid for 10 years (or more!!!) worth of salary and get to be home with my family for 6 months of the year.

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2011 8:11 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Slave system LOL.  I can do without the NBA forever.  If I were the owners, I'd get them to work for half of what they currently get.  Check the global economy Pal.  A game with a ball just doesn;t mean that much.  Except FOOTBALL, and they too are way over paid.

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