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Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

Posted on: October 17, 2011 5:52 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Over the weekend, we told you about how a few of the NBA's heaviest hitters intervened in labor negotiations, possibly halting some of the progress. But according to Yahoo! Sports, "halting" isn't exactly the right word for what Kevin Garnett did.
This fight has grown nastier, more personal, in the past weeks. Privately, management insists that everything changed when the Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett walked into the negotiating room on Oct. 4. The owners knew it wouldn’t go well when Garnett started glowering across the table, sources said, like the league lawyers, owners and officials were opponents at the center jump. He was defiant, determined and downright ornery. He was K.G. Everyone knew Hunter had to cede to the wishes of the stars, and the stars demanded that the players stop making confessions to the owners.

As one league official said, “We were making progress, until Garnett [expletive] everything up.”

Well then. I don't know how one guy could walk into a bargaining environment that he hadn't been in yet and blow everything to pieces, but it sounds like Garnett may have done exactly that. Pointing fingers? Yelling? Just being Kevin Garnett in general? There's no telling, but according to this report, it wasn't good.

Players need to be involved because this is their deal. But with superstars comes egos. They've always gotten what they wanted and feel entitled to not just have their voice heard (loudly), but also for their opinion to be taken seriously. And that's likely what happened when Kobe, Garnett and others strolled into the talks.

It sounds a bit dramatic that Garnett "bleeped" everything up, but who knows. Labor negotiations are a delicate thing and maybe Garnett said something that made other players dig in their heels. Maybe he said something that ticked off owners and did likewise for them. Who knows.

All we really know is that it's Oct. 17 and there's still not a deal.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:24 am

Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

The owners are crazy if they give in to the players AT ALL.
They can sit the league out for a year or 2 and then it all caves in.
A total market correction on player contracts is what is needed to save the league.
League minimums should be in the low 6 figures and there should be a maximum too.
NBA teams should be able to put a full 12 man roster on the floor for under $15 million.
There's no reason the top basketball players can't play for 1 or 2 million and role players for around 200-500k.
Getting payrolls to this figure makes the league profitable even with arenas that aren't sold out.
The super stars can still make good money in tv ads and those who don't.. well, they adjust their lifestyle like the rest of America has had to do.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:00 am

Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

Let Garnett and all the others without a college education do all the talking, if they were so smart they wouldnt have agents doing their own contracts. These egos arent helping things they are slowing it down and the players may have already turned down their best offer. The lower tier of players cannot afford to miss action and it is them that the stars want to go without while this drags on. This league has made these stars and more will replace them after they retire so losing them is inevitable so I say throw there union out and start over, let the STARS fend for themselves while the league starts over fresh. I promise you promise you they will ALL beg back in. Non of the rookies are signed and there are alot of other players not signed or drafted to just start from scratch, this will even the playing field for all markets and eliminate alot of headaches from the princesses while the vendors and cities still make their money. The players need to respect all that they have been given and they are taking it for granted..

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 11:37 pm

Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

Yeah SithMaster3, the league is going to get rid of their biggest stars.... Guess you ate a lot of lead paint as a child....

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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 9:17 pm
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Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2011 8:29 pm

Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

The players want to control the league, play in the "big" cities, and have all the stars on a few teams. The owner know the league can't survive with 5 or 6 teams. They also know when the real recession hits, they will still be on the hook for the big salaries and increased costs. Revenues would decline for the owners but not for the players. Kind of like the pensions that were handed out across the country in the good times and no way to fund them in the bad times.

Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 7:42 pm

Report: League official: Garnett halted progress

Time for the NBA to get rid of some prima donnas, such as one Kevin Garnett, or one Queen James...

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