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As lockout goes on, team employees get pink slips

Jul 13, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

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NBA teams around the league are looking to cut back on expenses during the lockout.

Around the league, it’s starting to get ugly, as the Associated Press reports:

(Charlotte Bobcats) Radio play-by-play announcer Scott Lauer was one of at least seven employees let go by the Bobcats in the past week.

A person familiar with the situation says the Detroit Pistons fired 15 people two weeks ago. The person, who wasn’t authorized to speak about the team’s moves, spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

The Lakers laid off more than 20 people, other teams are reportedly reducing salary of staff until the lockout ends. It impacts people on virtually every team.

Around the league, there is plenty of pain going around, so far all of it for people who are not involved in the argument between players and owners. And it’s just going to get worse.

  1. savocabol1 - Jul 13, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    I guess there must be something I am missing. How is this offseason any different then any other offseason. I realize there is a lockout going on, but in every offseason there is no games going on. No revenue being generated by teams in the offseason, whether the NBA is in a lockout or not. Why do they need to lay these people off?

    • bleedgreen15 - Jul 13, 2011 at 8:46 AM

      Because the owners know there’s not going to be a season

      • savocabol1 - Jul 13, 2011 at 11:01 AM

        So lay them off the day that actual games are missed

  2. xliontamer - Jul 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    I’m becoming very concerned that you are going to run out of stock photos of chained gates before this thing ends.

  3. smoothaswilkes - Jul 13, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Kurt – Let’s be clear about the Lakers situation. Those 20 employees weren’t “laid off”, their contracts weren’t renewed. Of those employees, Ronnie Lester, Assistant GM, is the highest profile. The rest are mostly scouts but also include guys like the 20 plus year equipment manager.

    I’m not sticking up for the Lakers and how they handled this, according to Ronnie there has been a total lack of communication from the front office regarding the situation. As a Lakers fan that doesn’t endear me to the franchise any more because that’s a crappy maneuver. But to be honest, I think the Lakers make that move regardless of the lockout in order to let Jim Buss get his people and imprint in place. I DON’T think this has anything to do, necessarily, with the lockout. IMHO.

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