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Mutli-million dollar beef: Quotes on the NBA lockout

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The buzzer went off on July 1, and the shot clock is still bright red.  The lockout continues.

The NBA has been in a lockout since July 1 after the previous CBA, negotiated in 2005, expired on June 30. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have not seen eye-to-eye on a new deal that will end the work stoppage.

Several issues stand in the way, the main two being the salary cap system – the limit to the total amount of money that teams are allowed to pay their players, and the split of all basketball-related income between the two sides.

The NBA is coming off a record-breaking season, bringing in ratings it hasn’t seen in a decade, mainly because of stories like LeBron James’s move to Miami and the forming of the “big three” in Miami.

The success of the blue-collar Memphis Grizzlies, who knocked off the Western Conference’s top seed, San Antonio Spurs, in the first round of the playoffs, and the Dallas Mavericks sweeping the Lakers added more fire to the flame. The performance Nowitzki had in leading the Mavericks to a championship against the Heat put the icing on the cake.

With such a successful season last year, the NBA can ride the momentum and continue to grow. At this point, however, the process is parked.

For now, the public shall settle for multimillionaires fighting about who should make even more millions. Ultimately, the owners and players show it breaks down to money and not who provides the money to begin with – the fans.


 David Stern- NBA Commissioner

“The NBA has negotiated in good faith throughout the collective bargaining process, but — because our revised bargaining proposal was not to its liking — the union has decided to make good on Mr. Kessler’s (counsel for the union) threat.There will ultimately be a new collective bargaining agreement, but the 2011-12 season is now in jeopardy.”

Carl Dukes

“The main problem is the revenue split.  When we talk about this revenue split, understand it’s all basketball-related income, so from the jerseys to anything the NBA sells that has to do with their players, they split that huge amount. Ultimately, and Europeans will tell you this, there’s no league like the NBA.  That’s why they all come here. That’s why Dirk Nowitzki is here, that’s why Peja Stojakovic came over; you can go down the list, Vlade Divac. Europe is good, but it ain’t the NBA.”

Chris Mannix

“(Basketball on Christmas) … has sort of monopolized in recent years.  Thanksgiving is generally known for football, and Christmas more often than not is known for those elite matchups; whether it’s Miami and the Lakers or Lakers (versus) Boston. Competitive balance is a nice thing to talk about, and I’m sure that is definitely something on David Stern’s agenda.  He would like to have more of an NFL-like system of balance, but at the end of the day it comes down to owners making money.”

Chris Sheridan

“These are smart guys doing this deal. They should be smart enough to not ruin the NBA by going into a prolonged work stop. For the NBA to (cancel the season) at a time when the popularity of the league is at a place it hasn’t been in over a decade is just massively stupid.”

Lebron James

“I wanna sincerely say sorry to all the fans! It’s a sad day for all of us, especially u guys! There’s no US w/o You.”

Pau Gasol

“It’s a tough moment for all us that play in the NBA. We hope that with the decertification of the union the situation improves #NBAlockout”


Derek Fisher, President of the NBPA, tweeted “LET US PLAY. #StandUnited”.  The phrase was then retweeted by scores of players and fans who are anxious for the NBA to resume play.



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