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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: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 5:40 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Slave system?  What is the NBA minimum salary????  Not exactly slave wages, eh? 

JaVale McGee may be correct about some players ready to fold.  They want to play and much of their salary from previous years may be spent but the lock out is a lot more than that.   On the one hand the owners of the NBA sre a bunch of guys who have a sense of false entitlement.  They can't help but make poor financial decisions time after time and look to place the blame on a contract that they signed years ago. 

On the other hand....the players were told to be prepared for this "market correction" and save some money but they couldn't stop their spending habits.  Although I can understand that these young men with their first sniff at lots of money don't really know how to manage it they should have been mentored by the older players better.

To say this is a slave system is a gross misstatement.  It's just a game.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 5:13 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

The owners are running a slave system ok boy keep smoking that crack pipe at your parents house in Tampa Bay yet, idiot.

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2011 4:27 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

They be abouts to give in to the man and they be bending over and backwards to get the paychecks they need like any person that works for an employer.  Dudes can't hang....cannot afford to.  Dam everyone wants a bigger paycheck, but they are no different for they rely on the owners who be running a slave system...just like football.

Since: Oct 15, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:48 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Nobody cares. Playes picked the wrong time to fight this one.  They should be lucky they have jobs playing a game.

Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:17 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Whether McGee said it or not, I'm willing to bet there are a growing number of players who are starting to feel this way.  Watching Fisher at press conferences talking about the huge consessions the players are giving is to funny.  Yes Fisher, 1.1 billion over 6 years is a significant cut, but it doesn't fix the problem.  This is what the players, many of which are making the mistake of listening to their agents , don't understand.  

It probably doesn't help that Hunter is also talking about teams folding if the lockout lasts the whole year.  First of all, Hunter has no idea what contingency plans the owners have if the lockout costs the season.  Also, This should make the players even more nervous, because that would mean fewer jobs to come back to when the lockout ends.  I'm not going to say I wouldn't miss basketball if there was no season, but if it means coming back next year more competitively balanced, then lockout them out all year.  Stay the course owners, I would prefer a hard cap, but any progress towards a level playing field is a step in the right direction.

Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:12 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Easy, Let's get rid of the boring League.....So Simple

Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:58 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

The Genie is out of the bottle... Even though you gave an excellent idea for them, it will never happen. The owners created this monster and now have to figure a way to please the players.  BTW...has Stern stated he's taking a paycut as well?

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:26 am

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

The players that are leading the push to keep going are the ones with the millions in the bank or are playing overseas...Fisher doesn't need to play ASAP and can sit back for the right deal.  It would seem that McGee was not as good with his money and needs to get a paycheck...

Players and twitter = bad news.  These idiots need to be censored, for their own good. 

Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:03 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.
Players need to just shut up and leave the Public Relations to the Pros.
Stern is nothing but a two faced $12M/yr mouthpiece for the Good Ol'Boys.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:32 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Bottom line, owners have the money and the players are employed to play a game. Get over it and get a deal done. 

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