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Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:53 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 11:15 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivermicky-arison

Silence, please. Miami Heat owner Micky Arison would like to make an announcement: The buck does not stop with Micky Arison.

Hours after negotiations between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association broke down in New York City, Arison, recently ranked No. 75 on the Forbes 400 richest Americans list with an estimated net worth of $4.2 billion, took to Twitter to engage in conversation with fans about the state of the talks. NBA owners have been almost uniformly silent during the lockout, adhering to a league-imposed gag order, but Arison opened up on Friday night.

His message: Don't blame me.

An angry fan directed the following mesage at Arison: "How's it feel to be apart of ruining the best game in the world? NBA owners/players don't give a damn about fans.. and guess what? Fans provide all the money you're fighting over.. you greedy a** pigs."

Arison replied: "You are barking at the wrong owner."

Less than an hour after that message was posted, it had been deleted from Arison's account.

But that's not all Arison, who inherited both the Heat and Carnival Cruise Lines from his father, had to say.

When another fan said that NBA owners don't care about fans, Arison tweeted, "Wrong, we care a lot."

Asked for his thoughts on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, he simply replied, "lol."

Certainly, we can all agree to laugh about Donald Sterling. He's a joke.

But, ladies and gentlemen, we've found our NBA owner equivalent of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley, who recently said that it was "kind of retarded" that the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association were fighting over 3 percent of the league's Basketball-Related Income.

Arison's tweets offer a rare peak behind the curtains at the philosophical divide among the owners. While NBA commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver have tried their best to project a message that the NBA's owners are all on the same page when it comes to issues like revenue sharing, competitive balance and restructuring the Basketball-Related Income split, it's clear that there's at least two camps -- call them haves and have-nots, if you like -- among the owners. This is a point that NBPA executive director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher have alluded to throughout the negotiating process. 

With a veritable dream team assembled and guaranteed sell-outs for the next decade in hand, Arison is clearly a have. But while he might not want to admit it -- or even realize it -- Arison is, in fact, part of the problem. All 30 owners bear responsibility for their collective positions. That's how this thing works.

To point the finger at his fellow owners only makes the negotiation that much more charged. The players, who have already made massive concessions, clearly feel like they have been lied to. The last thing this tenuous process needs is a billionaire throwing his colleagues under the bus in an effort to save face and be "the good guy" on a social network.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 9:49 am

Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

Micky Arison, the lockout is happening because the way you went about assembling the big 3 pissed off the other owners. So yes, you are responsible for the lockout.

  No. This lockout has more to do with players like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Kobe Bryant holding their teams hostage while they're under contract and trying to bellyache their way out of town to the teams of their choice. Kobe tried doing it a few years back until he was given adequate help to calm him down, Carmelo forced his way to NY last year, and this year would've been the Chris Paul circus. Which I agree with. If you sign a contract then shut up and honor it.
  There is nothing wrong with what the Heat did. Hell....half of the NBA was scrambling to pull off what Miami did....Miami was just able to stay a step ahead of everyone last offseason which is the benefeit of a great front office. And their is nothing wrong with what LeBron James or Chris Bosh did last summer either. They each honored the contracts they signed. Did it without complaining or bellyaching, and then reassessed their situations when their contracts expired.
   So I don't know why people would want to blame Miami. It kind of reminds me of playing the boardgame Monopoly. Everyone playing is trying to get Boardwalk or Park Place......check that.....They're trying to get Boardwalk AND Park Place, and once someone does, the other players all of a sudden don't want to play anymore and want a do-over. And you have two types of players. A couple of the players are holding on to their money responsibly hoping and waiting to land on BW or PP, so it becomes a matter of who the fortunate one is going to be, and then you have the players who can't contol themselves and irresponsibly spend, buying everything they land on their first time around the board and piss and moan that they don't have enough money left to buy BW or PP when they are lucky enough to land on them.( which is 90% of the owners in the NBA)

Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 5:18 am

Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

Micky Arison, the lockout is happening because the way you went about assembling the big 3 pissed off the other owners. So yes, you are responsible for the lockout.

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2011 3:00 am

Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

Miami is NOT a big market team.  As of the 2010-2011 Neilsens, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale is 16th (Cleveland-Akron is 18th with about 50,000 less overall viewers).

And of COURSE Mikey Asshat is deflecting the blame, because the old system was HELPING him.  He's one of the few owners just fine with the way things are. 

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 2:00 am

Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

Talk about taking a non-story and blowing it way out of proportion. I'm not sure what I hate more at this point, the idiotic untalented sports writers that try to make names for themselves by writing frivilous articles that mention anything Miami Heat related because they know it will incite predictable sheep-like angry reactions from all of the moronic Heat-haters....or the moronic Heat-haters themselves.

And forget about the articles written about LeBron James. Someone could write an article about LeBron James rescuing a family from a burning building and the reaction would be,"Yeah. but did he save the family cat? Michael Jordan would've saved the family cat too, LeLoser!!!!"

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:55 pm

Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

Wow, imagine that! the owner of the team that the Big Three conspired to bring their championship(s) to wants the other owners to cut the deal. Guess he would, he stands to lose the most money and titles over this. If his team were in Portland or Sacramento, trying desperately to break even and stat competitive while the players coming off contracts are looking to join the next superteam in another fashionable town, he'd probably be on the other side of the fence. This why the players had such a crazy deal in the first place, the owners in better locations are using that to keep the other owners/cities/teams down. Were I in the other owners shoes, I'd be on Stern to stand firm as well.

Since: May 14, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:46 pm

Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

Why don't you ask Mickey to take Heat, roster and all to Cleveland, renaming them the Cleveland Heat and vice versa for the Cavs so they would be called the Miami Cavaliers.  Lets see what that moron Ariston will tweet about that. He's from a big city market. He has no right to speak unless he wants a 8 team NBA league.

Since: Oct 28, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:29 pm

Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

Micky Arison is just speaking the truth. He could care less if its 50-50 or 52-48. He is ready to make a deal and I think he probably resents all those have nots like Dan Gilbert who fail to build correctly and suffer for it. Yes salaries must be reduced, and yes the competitive balance can be improved. Micky Arison is worth as much as in some cases 5-6 owners combined, worth more then Cuban and Dolan combined (for you big market folks) and just wants what every fan wants....


what is so wrong with that?

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