Jul 1, 2011, 1:01 PM EST
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.
“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.
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