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Durant says NBA players not going to give in

Jul 1, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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We bring you another show of NBA player unity… but frankly we have questions about how well that is going to hold up long term.

Kevin Durant doesn’t want to hear any of that, as he told the Associated Press.

“We’re going to stand up for what we have to do, no matter how long it’s going to take,” Durant told The Associated Press after the conclusion of his two-day youth basketball camp.

“No matter how long the lockout’s going to take, we’re going to stand up. We’re not going to give in.”

I have no doubt that he and his fellow players mean that sincerely today.

But what happens when we get into September and their agents are in their ear about watching out for their own interests, and their friends are in their ear about cutting a deal to get back work because he only has so many years to make this NBA money? There are a lot of forces that pull on players, many of whom make a lot of money and spend a lot of money. Not having that money come in could hurt.

We’ll see how unified the players remain as this saga starts to drag out all summer and into the fall.

  1. johnnyblaze518 - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    durant is being stupid after all the fans the nba generated last season if they miss games they are going to miss a lot of games

  2. delfunk34 - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Shut up Durant. It’s not like you’re making a stand for a righteous cause. NBA players are overpaid, plain and simple. I understand the owners have a stake in the blame, but under this current model a lot of NBA franchises will fold. Also, holding out for as long as they can would kill the league’s momentum built up by the last few seasons. The fans won’t back you for long Kevin if you’re making a squabble over $ sound likeyou’re fighting for a moral cause..

  3. r0llinginthedeep - Jul 1, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Way to think of the fans KD! They’ve only made you what you are!

    Idiot.

  4. jjared1101 - Jul 1, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Wasn’t it earlier this week that Durant didn’t even know the CBA was going to expire Thursday night?

  5. fedupwithmorons - Jul 1, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Yo Bra! You do dat. Thrash the neck of that golden goose! Dope!

  6. florida727 - Jul 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Apparently Durant, and the players as a whole, have forgotten the Golden Rule… he who has the gold, makes the rules. Whether they like it or not, the players are nothing more than “employees” of the owners… and since when has the tail ever really wagged the dog?

    The owners will give (a little) only to the extent they feel like giving. After that, they’ll go hire new employees. Sorry, but the era of unions having any power at all is over. Like it or not.

    There’s a lot of Developmental League guys itching to suit up in NBA uniforms and even if it’s an inferior product, as the NFL scabs proved, people will embrace them to a certain degree. Miss a few mortgage payments and the “real” NBA players will come around in short order… for whatever the owners are willing to pay.

    If I’m an owner, I’d say, “screw you; here’s what you’ll get. If you don’t like it, learn the phrase ‘paper or plastic’… quickly.”

    • jjared1101 - Jul 1, 2011 at 4:35 PM

      That sounds really easy to say, but David Stern and the owners need top level players like Rose, James, Wade, Nowitzki, Howard, ect… for thier product to be as profitable. Players have plenty of leverage in all of this, as proven by the CBA they had in place before it expired. It’s a player driven league and even if a lot of pure NBA lovers (me included) were to just want to see basketball, it sill woudln’t pocket the owners near the money.

      They need each other.

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