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.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.
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.
"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.