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Lockout News: NBA Owners’ Proposal “Worst Ever”

NBA Player’s Assoc. Vice President Maurice Evans – no longer smiling big

I remember when the NBA lockout was merely a twinkle in the eye of some forward-thinking UK fans who were praying that it would allow Calipari to hold on to his NBA-level players a bit longer and create an all-star team for the ages.  Well, it turned out it did partially aid us keep one phenomenally talented player in Terrence Jones (possibly two if you count Doron Lamb, but he truly was not ready for the NBA regardless).  While we didn’t keep the entire core of a Final Four team together with the looming lockout, we did get a benefit from it.

Now, the NBA lockout seems like more of a terribly sad thing for basketball fans.  Yes, I know that in this era, people claim to ‘hate’ the NBA for reasons such as lack of defense (not really true), overblown personalities, overpaid guys, and lack of excitement until the playoffs – but sometimes these reasons are just silly.  If you love basketball, then the NBA can be great entertainment because they are the best players in the world.  I do enjoy the college basketball season more, and that may be because 1) I’m a UK fan and 2) March Madness is the best event in sports. But I also love basketball as a sport and, thus, enjoy the NBA.

And, at this point, it is nearly certain we will not get to witness a 2011-2012 NBA season.

Now to the news part of this post (thanks for indulging me above) – the certainly continues to grow.  NBA Player’s Association Vice President Maurice Evans stated that the owner’s latest proposal is the worst in the history of sports.  Here are some highlights of what Evans had to say:

“If we were to agree to their deal, it would be the worst collective bargaining agreement in sports history.”

“We would be a laughing stock. What they proposed to us says nothing about a partnership. We want nothing more than to grow the game and reward these great fans that have shown support for us and the NBA, but their proposal doesn’t reflect that partnership at all. They proposed rollbacks, salary freezes and things that don’t promote any player growth or security.”

“We’ve been ready and willing. We’ve made major concessions. We offered to give back over $500 million. At no point did I truly feel that the NBA owners consciously tried to make a deal. Every time we would try to address the competitive issue, they would jump to the profitability issue. Then, when we would address the profitability issue, they would jump to the system is broken issue. When we would address the system, they would go back to the competitive balance. It felt like we were a dog chasing its tail.”

The owners have been led to believe that this is going to be better for them – that a lockout would break the will of the players and allow them to implement their system.”

“It would be better for the players to have a lockout than to play under a system that doesn’t allow for any player growth, player security and abandons everything that all of the great players before us worked for over the years.”

The player unanimously agreed that there was no way they could succumb to the latest terms proposed by the owners.  Evans reports that many players are seriously considering going overseas to Europe, and that he strongly encourages them to do so (he was former Player of the Year overseas).

Talks are to resume as July’s end nears, but the tension keeps getting worse.  The impending doom of this lockout situation has been known, but the more and more we see from each side slinging mud shows the desperate measures willing to be taken.  I do think Evans made some great points, especially regarding the owners thinking a lockout is what is best for them.

Neither side is innocent, as NBA players make millions of dollars for playing a game – but since we here at the UK are of the ‘player’s first mentality’ (h/t to Coach Cal), I think owners are really hurting the fans (and the struggling lower-level players) here by trying to make up for the bad deals and contracts they made in the past.  If there is no NFL or NBA this coming year, it will be a tragedy.  Chalk it up to greed, yet again.

Article written by Chris Thomas

12 Comments for Lockout News: NBA Owners’ Proposal “Worst Ever”

  1. uk class of 2013
    11:40 am July 10, 2011 Permalink

    brandon knight should have stayed another year…..

  2. Dave
    12:01 pm July 10, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t think so much that previous CBA’s were “bad deals” for the owners as great deals for the players. The pendulum has now swung to the owner’s bottom line and return on their huge investments in the teams. The NBA can’t lose money every season and still remain viable, and the players have to understand that. The party is simply over.

  3. Buckets
    12:10 pm July 10, 2011 Permalink

    I’m with you, Chris Thomas! I’ve lived out of state for several years now and every where I go, people love the NBA. It drives me crazy when I go home and hear idiots spew hot garbage from their high horse, bemoaning the NBA and its over-paid players, et al. Just shut up! Is it perfect? Uhhhh, of course not. BUT IT’S STILL THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD! And fun to watch when the right guys and teams are playing.

  4. JRA
    12:19 pm July 10, 2011 Permalink

    I enjoy sports as much as most but don’t see the lock out of NFL or NBA as tragedies! They are games, games mostly for the few able to afford such entertainment, not life or death experiences.

  5. bigcat
    12:26 pm July 10, 2011 Permalink

    the nba is a business. i’ve been thru the collective bargaining process. it’s a bitch. both sides will rattle their respective sabres (bargaining) til the 11th hour, then, collectively, and hopefully for the employees, they will reach an agreement they can both live with.

  6. Mattcat68
    12:45 pm July 10, 2011 Permalink

    “a laughing stock,” they would still be the highest paid basketball players in the world.

  7. robman181
    1:15 pm July 10, 2011 Permalink

    How can anyone side with the players? 22 NBA teams lost money. In a business when you lose money, you either have to cut cost, increase revenue or close down. If the players can’t handle it, they can go play in Europe and then see how good they had it. The owners own the business and have the right to run their businesses as they see fit. If the players dont like it, they can go elsewhere. Screw the players who dont want to play. I wish theyd make every player to rrelease their personal opinion on the matter so I knew who to boo and hate going foward. In case they didn’t notice the country is in a recession and they’re millionaires for playing a game most would play for free. Their greed will cost their host cities billions of dollars collectively in lost revenue. How anyone can relate to or support these NBA players is beyond me. The owners are losing money the way it is, if they don’t play, the cities lose money, and the players don’t give a shit. Screw them all!!!

  8. hoop33
    1:25 pm July 10, 2011 Permalink

    7. some say 22 teams are losing money, others say its only 7 or 8, so its a he said she said kinda thing. I do agree that all athletes are overpaid. But the owners are no saints either. your entire post was about downing the players, both sides have their faults, don’t only trash the players when the owners aren’t helping the situation either.

  9. Mobird
    1:44 pm July 10, 2011 Permalink

    JRA, I agree! Not even close to tragedies. Chris Thomas is that really a tragedy to you? Unbelievable!

  10. Cal's Hair
    2:49 pm July 10, 2011 Permalink

    I actually wouldn’t mind a year without the NFL or the NBA. I enjoy both of them but it might help me to get outside more and get a little more exercise. The people I really feel bad for in all of this are they guys working at the venues selling stuff. They likely don’t have other interests like the owners or fat bank accounts (theoretically) like the players.

  11. anonymous
    3:29 pm July 10, 2011 Permalink

    7. nailed it

  12. fresh prince of adair
    5:09 pm July 10, 2011 Permalink

    —I think i now see whats going on and i dont expect many of you to agree with me and i dont judge you for that because you went through the same brainwashing gauntlet that i did being from ky, and it really takes an unemotional intellect to see big picture trends and intentions. With the powerful top .25% of the world’s population moving us towards a one world sort of govt(officially or not), national boundaries are dissolving and businesses are emphasized and growing more than countries are. America as we know and love is becoming more and more of an illusion just as the 2 party system that governs us is. Red and blue are both financed by the same interest groups and are literally a right and left leg attached and walking the same torso rather than being separate like most of the good folks of KY believe. My theory on this nba thing is this; I think they want to lock it out to the extent that the majority of good nba talent plays overseas, thus stimulating more interest in other countries beyond that which is the case now. they are willing to sacrifice a year or 2 in exchange for tripling or quadrupling the market in which they sell to (tv packages, merchadise, sponsors etc)after that 1-2 year drought…its sad but it makes sense. They can advertise all they want in other countries but nothing is going to grab their attention quite like having a bunch of all stars playing in international leagues…then when they come back to the states and unlock the nba, from people in power’s (media, owners)perspective it will be like a phoenix rising from some ashes sort of thing with a larger rebirthed version of the NBA. If I, being middle class, am willing to wait 2-3 years on my investments to grow, is there not a chance that tycoons are willing to do that every now and then as well? Its not like they cant afford to live without what the nba generates for a year or 2….who Im sad for is guys in their mid-late 30’s that are having to bow out like this. its shameful and sad but its not beyond the realm of possibility. Unless something new arises this is my take on things. One