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Chris Paul, Peter Holt had shouting match?

Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:42 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 12:44 pm
Posted by Royce Young

NBA players are emotional. And extremely competitive. That's what they live off of, what drives them to be great. So as you could imagine, when superstar players get involved in these hotly contested labor negotiations, tempers flare a bit.

We already heard about Dwyane Wade and David Stern getting into a finger-pointing-shouting thing. Now, it's Chris Paul and Spurs owner Peter Holt. Via the NY Post:
According to a person involved in the process, the owners have played it wrong in challenging the players -- unless it is their intent not to have a deal. Which it may be.

Last month, during the first federal mediation, Chris Paul got overheated when San Antonio owner Peter Holt said of their revenue-split 50-50 offer, “Take it or leave it.’’

Paul shouted back several times: “Take it or leave it?’’ The union left it.

Billy Hunter actually referenced that dust-up weeks ago after talks broke down. With Chris Paul standing behind him nodding his head off, Hunter detailed the discussion.

"Peter Holt said, 'Well that's where it is.' So I said, or several people said, 'Are you saying this is a take it or leave it?' And he said yeah, that's basically what it is."

That type of exchange has been what many have feared as this process drags on. The longer it goes, the nastier it gets. It's hard not to wonder if the two sides will fracture themselves from each other so much and draw up so much animosity that after a deal is done that relationships are damaged.

I mean, Billy Hunter actually called the NBA and its owners the players' "adversaries" Tuesday after their meeting. Keep in mind, those "adversaries" are going to be the people signing their names on the players' million dollar checks once this thing finally ends.

It's time to wrap this whole thing up for a lot of reasons, but one certainly is that relationships could be fracturing. It's hard to just forget the animosity and frustration you had with the other side and just go back to working happily with them. The longer it goes, the worse it'll get.

Since: Jul 14, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:56 pm

Chris Paul, Peter Holt had shouting match?

Move along.  This is just Chrissy being pissy 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:13 pm

Chris Paul, Peter Holt had shouting match?

During the first mediation session the league still had a chance to play the entire schedule. The offer then was the same as it is now. It is the players that have dragged their feet and extended the process. It is the loss of an entire month of games that has finally gotten through to them that Peter Holt was just warning them of the truth. The owners had already offered too much.

But Peter Holt does not shout. Chris Paul does. So judge for yourselves who lost his cool. Remember that Paul has a huge conflict of interest in these talks. Paul is due to be a free agent after this year and is almost certain to try to get to the Knicks in New York. The tightening of salary cap rules and denial of the exceptions for mid-level to the tax-paying teams will make that quest very difficult. So Paul argues that the union will never accept these system issues. He is hurting more 450 players for his own selfishness. Again I say, consider who is the one likely to have lost his cool.

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