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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: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:45 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

The players would be wise to take the deal. They will have to swallow their pride and wait for their chance at vengence. They should take the owners cut and hope to make this CBA as short as they can in years.


Since: Aug 22, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:29 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

dont come back... we wont miss you.. college is better anyway

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:29 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Yea, Redsfan, I gotta give it you. Really outside of the box thinking. Great post indeed.

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:18 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

7 Franchises have won a championship since 1980, what a joke!!!!! 

This league is broken and needs fixing. 

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:15 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

There are always going to be fans that miss the NBA, If Stern just cancel the season then this labor dispute would just drag on.  There be nothing to push them to get a deal done, beside I am tired of reading new articles on how far apart the owners and players are.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:14 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

As a previous poster indicated ... I too am on the side of the lockout.

Professional Sports Entertainment needs to be reigned in, and this is as good a starting point as any other.

Regarding Javale McGee ... and this pains me as a Bullets/Wizards fan ... but he remains so immature.  Undisciplined on the court.  I do not know him personally, but his statements reveal a selfish attitude toward other NBPA members.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:07 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Redsfan - best comments I have read in a long time!

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:21 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Disclaimer:  I have not chosen between the players and the owners.  The superstar players and the owners are both greedy SOBs and both deserve a swift butt kicking.  I am on the lockout's side if that is possible and wish for both sides to cancel the 2011-12 regular season.

I wonder how many of the other 400 players are willing to give in to the owner's proposal, but are intimidated by the superstars telling the NBPA to stay unified?  This 53/47 split only benefits the really rich superstar contracts and it may have little effect on the midlevel exceptions and average salary contracts.  Of course, there are some average and lower salary players who may really be drinking the Kool-aid and don't know any better.  The best thing to do would have the players decertify, then the owners can negotiate with each player individually.  Let the nba have only six large market teams that can possibly win a championship every year and the other 24 can serve as lunchmeat for those rich fatcats.  It's sort of like six Harlem Globetrotters and 24 Washington Generals or professional wrestling.  Who wouldn't want to see that?  The nba would die within a few years except for the cash bloated six teams.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:18 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

Redsfan, I wish you could replace David Stern.

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:17 pm

JaVale McGee: Some NBA players 'ready to fold'

The best thing for the NBA would be if they dont reach an agreement and then wait until David Stern retires in 2012. Once you take his pompous, condescending, pontificating voice out of the negotiations I am pretty sure a deal will get done. This guy has mastered public relations but somehow missed the class on truthfulness and transparency.

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