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Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:18 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 1:51 pm
 

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

Posted by Ben Golliver

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With labor negotiations continuing and the possibility that the NBA cancels the first two weeks of its 2011-2012 regular season on Monday, National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher called on his union's members to show their solidarity and to appeal to public sentiment by launching a campaign on Twitter.

Fisher explained the concept in a letter to all players that was obtained by SI.com.
Chris Paul and I will also be utilizing our personal social networking channels to show the fans and you all, that we are united and want to get back to work under a fair deal. On Monday, Chris and I will tweet and post "LET US PLAY." This was used by the NFL players and many will be joining us on Monday and retweeting the same message to show their support for our players. I will also be using the hash tag #StandUnited after all my messages until this lockout is over. We invite you each to do the same. To show our unity and to remind the fans that this is not our choice and we would like to go back to work and play the game they love to support.
Within hours, the message had been tweeted out by Fisher, Paul, Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade, Heat All-Star forward LeBron James, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant. Among the many other NBA players to participate: Jarrett Jack, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Marquis Daniels, Eric Maynor, Devin Ebanks, Nazr Mohammed, Serge Ibaka, and Anthony Tolliver.

By early Monday afternoon, the phrase "LET US PLAY" was trending nationally in the United States on the social networking site.

Many players also posted messages pointing out that the NBA's current labor impasse is the result of a lockout by the league's owners rather than a strike by the league's players.

Back in January, the National Football Players Association launched a similar campaign in the midst of their labor negotiations with the NFL.
Posted on: October 9, 2011 2:23 am
 

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

By Matt Moore

In another event in a sequence throughout the lockout that sounds like one thing and is really another, the NBPA canceled a Sunday regional meeting in Los Angeles. Immediately the questions began. "Does this mean they're meeting with the league? Is it a last-minute hail mary? Is there hope?" 

No, not so much, it was just more convenient for them to get their rabble rousing out of the way early.

Yahoo! Sports reports that the meeting was rescheduled because it was more convenient for the players already in Miami to hold it Saturday night.  After the meeting, Carmelo Anthony slammed the door shut on any sort of hopefulness that might have been brewing. From the AP: 
 
The way Anthony put it Saturday night, it almost seems inevitable."Theyre going to cancel the first two weeks of the season," Anthony said. "Well see what happens then. If they want to lock us out, lock us out. Were going to stick together."

The New York Knicks forward played in the South Florida All-Star Classic hosted by Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami, the latest - and most competitive - of the many exhibitions players have participated in during this lockout that reached the 100-day mark Saturday. NBA Commissioner David Stern has said that the first two weeks of the regular season could be canceled as early as Monday if a deal is not struck.

Anthony says it would not be "realistic" for the sides to agree on anything before then.
via Now what? After Miami game, players wait and see - NBA - CBSSports.com Basketball.

Yahoo! also reports that at the meeting, the players stuck to their guns regarding 53 percent of BRI being the lowest their willing to go, while no meetings were scheduled due to the league's insistence on a 50-50 split being a precursor to any further talks.  

So here we are. The trenches have been dug, both sides are settled in for the shelling, and Stern's finger is on the trigger. Barring a miracle, the first two weeks of the 2011-2012 NBA season will be canceled on Monday, costing the league, players, team cities, employees, local businesses and supporting industries millions of dollars, because the two sides won't even get in a room to discuss it.

Everyone's stopped trying to make sense out of the lockout, because you can't make sense out of something that's not driven by reasonable people. From the owners' childish insistences to the players' hyper-reactive defensiveness and clownish pouting, both sides have revealed themselves as more dedicated to "winning" this fight than getting a deal done. It's a business negotiation, and so it's cutthroat. But too often this has taken on the feel of the inmates running the asylum. The dogs are playing poker, and we hit the river.
 
If any meetings pop up in the next 24 hours we'll keep you updated and once the axe falls, we'll have complete reaction to that, too. The lockout drags on. 
Posted on: October 7, 2011 5:33 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Friday 5 with KB: Almost Zero Percent

By Matt Moore



In this week's edition of 
the Friday 5, we ask Berger if he's TRYING to ruin the season by jinxing it, if he's impressed with the exhibition play, and how this whole thing ends, if it ends. You can follow Ken Berger on Twitter @KBergCBS.  

1. Zero percent, Ken? ZERO PERCENT? You ever heard of a jinx, man? Why not just toss a litter of black kittens into the meeting room and put a ladder over Fisher's car door?

KB: I'm not willing to hazard a percentage chance that common sense trumps ego and they settle before Monday. Too many variables. But to lose $4 billion, an entire season's worth of revenue, because you can't close an $80 million gap? I dare them.

2. We've got no meetings scheduled at this point. Are they going to get into a room and talk about this thing at the buzzer or not?

KB: You would think that would be the approach. On the eve of Stern's deadline to cancel the rest of the season in '99, he and Hunter pulled an all-nighter and emerged at sunrise with a deal. I don't expect that kind of urgency -- two weeks is a lot less to risk than an entire season -- but I would expect one last serious push to get this done before the collateral damage begins.

3. Has anything about the charity games, their highlights, anything impressed you?

KB: No.

4. Is Dwyane Wade the next Kobe Bryant, in terms of his role in labor talks?

KB: Not so much in these talks. But when we're sitting here covering the 2017 lockout, could Wade find himself playing the role of Kobe and Garnett from the other day?

Absolutely. The veteran stars like Kobe and KG kept a low profile for much of the negotiation, leaving the younger generation to handle it so as not to allow their own agendas to get in the way. But it wasn't surprising that, at the moment of truth Tuesday, there they were in the huddle -- right where they belonged.

5. What is each side going to regret the most about the last four months come Monday?

KB: 

Owners: The fact that their hard-line position ended up casting them as the bad guys of the lockout -- and it's pretty hard to be the bad guys when you're opposing professional athletes.

Players: Maybe, in retrospect, it was a negotiating error to move down to 54 percent as early as they did. I give them credit for trying to get a deal done and avoid the lockout entirely, but that billion-dollar move in June wasn't answered by the owners until three days ago. Makes you wonder what the final number would've been had the players not budged until Tuesday, as well.
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:26 am
 

There will be no Wade vs. Stern 2

By Matt Moore

There will be no rematch of Dwyane Wade vs. David Stern Tuesday, after the two clashed in meetings last week over tone and respect. From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
Wade's spokesperson, however, said that the All-Star guard would remain in South Florida with his family. Wade took umbrage to Stern's approach during a negotiating session last Friday, with Stern confirming the disagreement a day later.
via Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade not expected to again square off with NBA Commissioner David Stern at NBA lockout talks - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com. 

This kind of makes Wade's appearance seem like a hit and run. He didn't appear at many of the meetings before the outburst, and was in New York primarily to promote Court Grip. It's entirely possible Wade has serious reasons for missing the meetings in New York, but without a follow-up or an involvement in actual discussions, and with his only contribution a random outburst against the commissioner, it lessens the impact of his leadership shown last week. 

Then again, maybe he was just filling in for Kobe Bryant, who was abroad last week and who is in New York for Tuesday's meeting according to multiple reports.  
Posted on: October 3, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Video: Wade and LeBron work out

Posted by Royce Young

You may have been hearing a lot about teams organizing their own mini-camp style workout sessions. Since players are literally locked out of their practice facilities on the day training camp was to start, they're left to set up their own things to stay in shape.

And the Heat are no different. LeBron and Dwyane Wade organized a workout and while it's not exactly your classic workout situation -- not many folks bench press on the beach -- it's something to try and stay ready for whenever there really is a season.

Posted on: October 3, 2011 9:27 am
Edited on: October 3, 2011 9:28 am
 

Celtics and Heat partying together, mass hysteria



By Matt Moore

The NBA Lockout is ruining some of the favorite illusions of fans. It really is entirely about the money. The owners are reasonable men. The players have global appeal. Stuff like that. But perhaps nothing is more crushing than realizing that the Celtics and Heat don't actually hate each other. According to the New York Post, after Dwyane Wade went all Jordan '99 on David Stern Friday, there were no walls between the rivals. From the Post:
The NBA stars were in NYC this past weekend to take part in bargaining sessions to try to settle the lockout, but it didn’t stop them from enjoying a late night out. On Friday night Carmelo Anthony held court, playing host to Miami Heat’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, taking the guys to the five-year anniversary party of Meatpacking hotspot Tenjune. The basketball greats were treated to a DJ set by Swizz Beatz.
via Carmelo Anthony hosts fellow NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen at the five-year anniversary party of Tenjune - NYPOST.com

The report also states the quintet was in "good spirits" as it partied the night away. So that whole "we're probably going to miss a season" thing must not be bumming them out too much. 

It's a relative surprise to find these players hanging out. Video from the NBA's "The Association" series showed a clear divide between the clubs at All-Star Weekend, which was corroborated by multiple sources. In short order, it was thought that the Celtics had a genuine distaste for the Heat and their antics. But then, this also shows the foolishness of believing that on-floor rivalries translate to off-the-floor. Just as the Heat went to party with the Mavericks after beating them, the Celtics have now partied with the Heat that eliminated them. 

It should be noted that Kevin Garnett was reportedly not with the group. Whether that's because he was not in New York or whether he wasn't invited since all he does is yell at the waitresses, D.J. and everyone else is not known at this time. 

(HT: SBNation)

Posted on: October 2, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Video: LeBron and Wall exchange awesome plays

Posted by Royce Young



Chris Paul hosted a charity game in Winston Salem Saturday night and while I think most of us are a bit fatigued by these All-Star pickup games, this one produced some nasty highlights. Who won? I have no idea. Nor do I care. Nor should you.

As it should, because joining CP3 was LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and John Wall. And for about three minutes, Wall and LeBron totally stole the show with LeBron finished a wild two-hand reverse dunk and then Wall responding with a behind-the-back dunk. Then LeBron threw himself an oop, then Wall put down one off the backboard from CP3. Back and forth, one stellar play after another. All without an semblance of defense too. Go figure.

Durant led the way with 48, CP3 had 39, Gay 38, LeBron 30 and Wade 32.

(Interesting note: Via CP3, 1,072,532 viewed the game online, which streamed for free on Paul's website. People are missing their basketball.)

But here's the thing with these vidoes: While nice and certainly a good fix while we're waiting for basketball, it just serves as a very obvious reminder as to what we'll be missing if there's lost games. Which makes me physically ill.
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:41 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 11:42 pm
 

NBA Lockout: Wade becomes the man on fire

By Matt Moore

Dwyane Wade spent the week shilling for an on-court traction product. It was very Bruce-Banner-y. He did a wide range of interviews for the product, talked about the Heat, flashed that Wade smile, did the whole publicity tour. Wade had been quiet for months regarding the lockout. He hadn't appeared at any of the Pro-Ams. He hadn't been a presence at the meetings. He hadn't been aggressively supporting the union in front of or away from the cameras. In short, some were beginning to wonder where Wade was in this whole lockout landscape, the silent superstar in a league full of big moneymakers who seemed to be just looking out for themselves and enjoying their summer. Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul (who serves on the union's executive committee) and Kevin Garnett seemed to be the only leaders from the star contingent. 

Then Friday came.

And Dwyane Wade took a flamethrower to the whole damn place.

It started early when Wade gave an interview to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, and discussed, essentially, being an underpaid superstar. Wade's understanding of the earning power of superstars in the NBA wasn't off factually, even if the timing was questionable.  It was a high-impact interview with a high-impact reporter that set the tone for the day. And Wade was only getting started. 

Next up, he drops comments across the board regarding the fact that the players "may lose a season." It was an odd and seemingly out of place set of comments considering the importance of getting a deal this weekend. Wade was essentially taking a hard-line position of saying "We want to play, but don't think we're not willing to lose the year just to get a deal." This from a player who notoriously is careful to avoid controversy. He's taken on a lot of flak this year as a member of the Heat from the backlash from "The Decision" and the formation of the Triad on South Beach, but Wade has always been popular with reporters for providing sound bytes without ever getting in trouble. He rarely if ever comes under scrutiny for his comments, and here he is being up front about the realities of the talks after saying that he's not getting paid what he could. 

Then there was the meeting.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirmed that at one point Wade stood up to David Stern's aggressive speech to the players. ESPN reported a direct quote from Wade:
Source: David Stern pointed his finger at players while talking. Wade shouted, "You're not pointing your finger at me. I'm not your child."
via Twitter / @RicBucher: Source: David Stern pointe ....

What the...?

Where's the baby-kissing, hand-shaking, lovable Dwyane Wade we've come to know? Where's the meek and mild player that no one was loooking to for leadership? Apparently all it took was Kobe Bryant having prior commitments with Nike in Europe to bring the Warrior Wade to the front... with a blowtorch.

Consider this, from earlier this week on the New York TimesNBA blog Off the Dribble:  
Wade said he has been in regular contact with Billy Hunter, the executive director of the players union, about the state of negotiations. But he said he felt no need to join the meetings himself, and he shrugged off the criticism directed at superstar players for their lack of involvement.

“That’s a silly thought,” Wade said. “I’ve been in a few meetings — I’ve been in three or four meetings myself.”

But none of the league’s top players have been a regular presence since the lockout began July 1, with the exception of Chris Paul, who serves on the union’s executive board. It has been suggested that a greater presence by the game’s superstars could push the N.B.A. toward a deal. Wade disagreed.

“The negotiation is the negotiation,” he said, adding: “We’ve been in there. Not only have they said their shpiel, we’ve said our shpiel, we’ve listened. We’ve taken notes. We’ve done all this. And we believe in our players association.”
via Negotiations Don't Need a Star Presence, Wade Says - NYTimes.com.

In two days, we've gone from Wade saying there's no reason for the superstars to be more active, to Wade himself aiming at the commissioner of the NBA to get his finger out of their face. Something happened, and it's likely not a coincidence that Wade suddenly came off the leash. The Players' Union needed someone with a big name and a face to come out guns blazing, to pull a Jordan '99 and Wade was the man to step up. For all the flak the Heat have taken, Wade is as respected as they come, and his foot forward spoke volumes. 

The players needed someone to go rogue and play bad cop.

Dwyane Wade pulled out the billy club on the start of the most serious negotiations in the entire process and started swinging from sun up to sun down. We'll have to see if this galvanizes the union to stick together, or if this came off as empty rhetoric from a player not representative of the league's primarily roleplayer whole.

Finally, consider this report from a Miami-based reporter who spoke with a player to gauge reaction to Wade's outburst Friday.  
Just spoke to an NBA player not in today's meeting. Said "400 guys in our league have a new favorite player tonight, and it's Mr. D-Wade."
via Twitter / @ByTimReynolds: Just spoke to an NBA playe ....

To quote a popular song for NBA players, "Say hello to the bad guy."
 
 
 
 
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