Tag:Maurice Evans
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:44 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 2:48 pm

Samuels: NBA players 'panicking' over lost wages

Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Lost in Monday's talk of "nuclear winter" for the NBA is that fact that Tuesday, Nov. 15, was the first day that NBA players were to receive paychecks for the 2011-2012 regular season. While the league has already sacrificed its training camp, preseason and at least six weeks of its regular season, Tuesday is the first day that the money schedule is officially interrupted.

This begs the question: When will the long-anticipated financial pressure now facing the players bubble to the surface? It already has.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Cleveland Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels already sees his colleagues feeling the Heat
“A lot of people in the league are panicking,” Samuels said. “You’re talking about missing paychecks. Those paychecks you’re missing are going to add up and guys have families and responsibilities and bills to pay. I’m just a guy that’s coming out of college. I’m 22 years old, I don’t have much responsibility.”
Samuels also hints at a potential rift among the players caused by disparate financial conditions. 
Some of the league’s stars, such as Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, have led the charge in recent days to disband the union, irking some of the younger players like Samuels.

“It’s easy for Paul Pierce to say that. You’ve been in the league how long?” Samuels said. “You’ve got a decent amount of money saved up, but what about the guys just coming into the league who don’t have [anything] saved up?”
The union's take on the situation, as expressed by NBPA executive Maurice Evans to BusinessWeek.com, is that the current labor battle is about far more than direct deposits.
“This goes far beyond paychecks,” Maurice Evans, a member of the union’s executive board who finished last season with the Washington Wizards, told reporters following what he said was a unanimous vote. The union will become a trade association. “It’s bigger than just basketball. It’s about guys who will play after us and it’s about guys who played before us.”
According to Basketball-Reference.com, Pierce has banked more than $137 million in career earnings and Evans has netted more than $13 million in career earnings, Samuels, though, earned just $500,000 in his rookie season with the Cavaliers.

As the dust was settling on the NBPA's decision to send the NBA a disclaimer of interest, disbanding the union and taking the league to court, the move was seen by observers, including NBA commissioner David Stern, as a "negotiating tactic" intented to compel the owners to improve their offer to the players. 

Time waits for no man, and it continues to act as leverage on the players, union or not, to make a deal, any deal. The two sides have roughly six or seven weeks to reach a compromise or the entire season will be lost, a year's worth of paychecks that will be gone for good. While the disclaimer of interest removes the NBPA formally from the negotiating process, talks between the two sides can continue, and it's a virtual certainly that voices, like Samuels', will get louder as time passes and more paychecks are missed. 

In this never-ending game of lockout "chicken", Samuels just flinched a bit on behalf of his fellow players. The task at hand for the players now is convincing all of its members to retain faith in the disclaimer of interest strategy despite no clear promise of an end in sight. Without some move towards picking up talks with the league, it's an impossible task. The panicking crowd that Samuels makes reference to is only bound to get louder.

NBPA executive director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher said on Monday that the collective bargaining talks had "completely broken down" and that the NBPA's player representatives unanimously agreed that the league's proposal was not acceptable. There's no guarantee that those feelings will be the same one month (and two more paychecks) from now.
Posted on: August 29, 2011 5:00 pm

Mo Evans says talks have been 'generic'

Posted by Royce Young

What have the labor talks been like so far? Non-existent? Pointless? Fruitless? How about "generic"? That's the word that vice president of the players' association Maurice Evans used to describe them.

In an interview on Fox Sports Radio, Evans said that all that has been happening is that the two sides are "going through the motions." Of course he means mainly the owners, because he notes that the players have done a good job in his mind, especially with how they came up with $630 million to give back.

Evans then says that the two sides are $7.6 billion apart. Yikes. Which naturally means that it's hard to see a deal getting done any time soon, which naturally means that games will likely be lost. Something that Evans seems fine with.

“We’re prepared, as players, to sit out as long as we need to. It’s not fair to the players, it’s not fair to, more importantly, the players that are coming after us, if we accept this type of deal. It’d be really disrespectful to all the great players … that came before us and fought for these rights. I tell the guys to hold tight.”

Evans was also asked about the scheduling conflict that prevented any negotiating while David Stern vacationed a couple weeks ago.

“Yeah, I mean, I don’t think it was perfect timing to take a vacation. I don’t think that any of us should take vacations. … It’s time to get serious and make ourselves available to really try and hammer this thing out.”

You know where I hear is lovely this time of year? A board room in a swanky New York hotel. Activities include: negotiating, bargaining, arguing, yelling and maybe even compromising. Sounds like a lovely vacation to me. Why doesn't everyone take a load off and spend the next few weeks there?
Posted on: July 9, 2011 12:58 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 1:17 pm

Mo Evans: Owners proposal worst in sports history

Posted by Royce Young

Maurice Evans, most recently of the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards, is vice president of the NBPA. He's obviously been a major part of the labor negotiations and along with Derek Fisher, has been sort of the face of the lockout from the players' side.

And in talking to HoopsWorld
, Evans didn't sound like a deal was really ever that close, instead making it seem like the two sides are far apart like in an east from the west situation.
"If we were to agree to their deal, it would be the worst collective bargaining agreement in sports history," said Evans. "We would be a laughing stock. What they proposed to us says nothing about a partnership. ... They proposed rollbacks, salary freezes and things that don't promote any player growth or security. It was such a terrible system."

A "terrible" system is what Evans said. That's encouraging. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that the two sides haven't been in contact since the lockout started, but should come back to the bargaining table at some point soon.

But if a deal is going to get done, I'm thinking the players are going to have to get a deal they don't find as the "worst collective bargaining agreement in sports history." Just a hunch.
Category: NBA
Posted on: April 1, 2011 2:53 pm

NBPA VP Evans 'sure' there will be a lockout

Maurice Evans, Vice President of the National Basketball Players Association, is "sure" there will be a lockout. Posted by Ben Golliver.

A few weeks back, we noted that Billy Hunter, the Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association, said that the players "won't cave" and are prepared for a lockout and possible work stoppage. 

On Friday, NBPA vice president, Washington Wizards forward Maurice Evans, took that a step further, telling HoopsHype.com that he is "sure" there will be a lockout because an agreement will not be reached prior to July 1.
"We’re just waiting until the season is pretty much over because we won’t have a chance to all meet again until the NBA Finals are over with (in mid-June). I’m sure we won’t get a deal done by July 1. Therefore, it technically will be a lockout. Hopefully, we’re going to solve those issues before the season starts again.
We’ve had a number of meetings starting over a year ago, almost two years out, and we still haven’t been able to really come to any significant negotiations. Therefore, I know it’s going to go into the summer.
Evans went on to call some of the meetings between Hunter and NBA commissioner David Stern "token" and that the serious negotiating had not yet begun.

The worst part about this situation is that Evans cannot be dismissed as a doomsday voice. He's very practically and rationally letting us know that so much work needs to be done and so little progress in dialogue has been made that it's impossible to imagine an agreement being reached in the next three months. 

That's what we all suspected, but it's still tough to take when delivered so frankly.
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:58 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 8:28 pm

NBA owners won't hold All-Star labor meeting?

NBA owners are reportedly putting off an anticipated meeting with the Player's Association during All-Star weekend. Posted by Ben Golliver.

All-Star Weekend is typically the center of the NBA universe, bringing together players, owners, league executives, media, agents and groupies all at once. This year, with the potential for a lockout to take place this summer and labor negotiations ongoing, 2011 All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles was expected to host another round of negotiation sessions between the league's owners and representatives of the National Basketball Player's Association. 

However, NBA Fanhouse reports that NBPA Executive Vice President and Atlanta Hawks guard Maurice Evans now believes that the owners will not enter into labor talks in Los Angeles. 
"They don't even want to meet with us at All-Star break," Evans told me Wednesday. "You're telling me you can't pull a few guys and some owners into a room for an hour and try an update what's important? What's important is us continuing our league and not having a work stoppage, so if it was really important to them, I would think they would want to find time to do that." 
While the owners have expressed concern that negotiations would steal the spotlight from the event itself, much like it did when a star-studded cast of players took part in the contentious talks at last year's All-Star weekend, Evans sees it differently.

"They don't want to do it because they don't want to have the LeBron James and the KGs (Kevin Garnetts) and the Kobes (Kobe Bryant) and all these guys in one spot where they can come in and look them in the eye and address them," Evans said. "It's easier to look at Mo Evans and Derek Fisher and Keyon Dooling and Etan Thomas and guys like us and Theo Ratliff (all of whom are members of the NBAPA executive committee). 
The owners have presented a hard-line stance in numerous ways over the last 12 months, floating a number of player-unfriendly proposals, including contraction, salary rollbacks, shortening the length of guaranteed contracts and instituting a hard cap. Stalling and/or cancelling scheduled meetings neatly fits into that pattern, as it sends a clear message to the players that the owners believe they are 1) in no hurry to reach a resolution and 2) expect the players to re-assess their stances on key issues prior to sitting down at the table again. 

While it's not panic time yet for the players, any delay in negotiations only increases the likelihood of a lockout (which is all but certain) and a work stoppage (getting more likely with each passing day). It's impossible to reach a resolution without continued communication. You can certainly understand why this tactic would be particularly frustrating, as the players have made every effort to keep their tone surrounding the talks productive and positive. Any refusal to meet, in that context, likely feels like a slap in the face. 
Category: NBA
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