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Why other players love what LeBron did this summer: He stuck it to the owners

Oct 22, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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Fans have not been loving what LeBron James did this summer. Well, outside of Miami anyway, there they love it. Understandably. But you’ve seen the polls and heard the pundits for months — most of the country thought the way he handed this summer was amateurish and some thought the decision itself flawed.

Other NBA players, they liked it. Oh, they say all the right things in public, but they liked it. A lot.

And ESPN’s “Player X” anonymous source told why, as relayed on the Heat Index blog by Kevin Arnovitz.

While the fans hate, the players applaud, because symbolically, the Summer of LeBron was a blow to the owners. And a blow to the owners is a win for us. We love that LeBron ran the show from start to finish, called every shot. That’s a welcome change from the owner-player dynamic, which we all think should operate more like a partnership. It’s about time the owners were forced to recognize that we are the ones bringing value to their investments.

It’s old-school labor vs. management. One of the workers showed his power — well within the much-negotiated system — and the others stand up and applaud. That’s what we have here.

Not that the players will say it publicly.

  1. zackd22 - Oct 23, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    How is it a blow to the owners? It didn’t take the power away from them, it’s not increasing salaries, it’s done nothing. It’s a one time thing- look at Melo, let’s see him try to do this and his reward will be a 10m salary instead of 18m if he signs now.

  2. aious - Oct 23, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Not surprising. Players and fans are light-years apart on most issues with the actual game.

  3. djeg07 - Oct 23, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    so when ‘their’ team is asked to fold as stern said a few days ago, who wins then??? management and owners still have and for sometime still will have power.

  4. tubal22 - Oct 24, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    Yeah. I’m sure the owners in Miami are really hurting now.

    This makes absolutely no sense. “Player X” is talking out the wrong hole.

    • beantown85 - Oct 25, 2010 at 3:07 PM

      It’s not talking about the Miami owners, it’s talking about the owner of the Cavs and owners in general. Somehow these lowlife, overpaid athletes think that they are entitled and are somehow victims of “the white man.”

      None of these guys should be making the type of money their making and the owners shouldn’t be charging what they’re charing either as far as ticket prices. The whole system is way out of whack and while these classless athletes like Lebron are getting 100s of millions of dollars to play a sport, the average family, the people who are the real fans, can’t make it to games because ticket prices are through the roof.

      Look at the pro-shops that are in the arenas. Jerseys for over a hundred dollars, hats for thirty-plus dollars, shirts for over thirty dollars. The whole thing is pathetic. These guys probably would be working at gas stations if it wasn’t for the pro sports that pay them like gods.

  5. beantown85 - Oct 25, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Just goes to show where the player’s heads are at. These people should be waking up and thanking their lucky stars they’re in the NBA, not acting like they’re somehow victims of the system.

    Lebron is a product of this (and my) generation. Self-absorbed, classless, and narcissistic. Of course fans of “The King” won’t see it that way, but Lebron fails to see the larger picture. Whether he likes it or not he is a role model for some of these urban youths and they look up to him. He is what they want to be. He’s a classless, immature child who represents urban America.

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