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Dennis Rodman says the players need to get ready, because the paycuts are a-comin’

Aug 13, 2011, 9:43 PM EDT

Inductee Dennis Rodman acknowledges the crowd after delivering his acceptance speech during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony in Springfield Reuters

Dennis Rodman fought with everyone when he was in the league. Players. Management. Himself. But on Friday night, prior to his induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame, Rodman called out someone you wouldn’t expect. The player’s union. From the Chicago Tribune:

“Its going to be a lot worse. There probably wont be a season,” Rodman said. “Unless the players do what the NFL did. Theyve got to really cut a lot of money. Those eight-figure salaries gotta go. Paying these players eight figures and they get hurt with a guaranteed contract, you cant take that money back.”

via Dennis Rodman: Dennis Rodman says NBAs monster salaries have to go – Chicago Tribune.

In case you were wondering, the highest salary Rodman ever collected was $9 million in 96-97. So apparently high seven-figures in 1997 is okay, but eight figures fourteen years later is not. Of course, given that both Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan are two of Rodman’s best friends, and both are of course on the owners’ side of things (well, as much as Jackson is on the side of anything; the man is an enigma wrapped in a puzzle disguised as a mystery), it’s not totally surprising. At the same time, this is a player saying the players don’t deserve even $10 million.

That’s pretty strong stuff, even for a guy who is typically pretty strong in everything he says and does.

Is $10 million too much? That’s a pretty hard sell. Granted, David Stern has talked about how the current proposal has the players’ average salary at $5 million with room for growth. But keeping salaries that low, from where they’re at now? That’s crazy talk. But then, that’s pretty much the owners’ position anyway. Scorched earth policies always sound crazy from the outside.

  1. dolfancg - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    He may have a point.

  2. Gordon - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Since when did MJ become Rodman’s best friend?

  3. bleed4philly - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    That Rodman’s a smart guy.

  4. inthecrowdlax - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    Players should earn 1,000 a game each. If they cannot accept that. Let them bust their buts looking for work. Or feeding a family of five off of ten dollars an hour.

  5. billsfanaddict - Aug 14, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    yes, 14 yrs later, when the economy is considerably worse for the wear than it was back then ….. and he never said they shouldnt have 10m contracts, he said to expect them to be fully guaranteed is basically ludacris ….. ive heard phil n him were certainly at the very least civil, but Gordon is right who ever said/wrote/taped anything about MJ & DR being tight?? ….. phil is not an owner & has never had stake in a team, hes always been more of an employee, like a player would (& he was that too) ….. you see students this fluff piece is what we in the biz like to refer to as Swiss Cheese

  6. trbowman - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Here we go owners, here we go.

  7. dysraw1 - Aug 14, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    the stupid owners did these things to themselves trying to put butts in those seats, so they gave crazy contracts to the likes of jayson williams, stephon marbury, and the list goes on. heres a clue about letting these players establish some type of real presents, before throwing money based on potential.

  8. stoutfiles - Aug 15, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    If fans want players to get paid less, they just have to stop going to games, watching games, or buying merchandise. Fans forget that they’re in charge; stop whining about how much they make if you’re going to keep opening your wallet.

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