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Love says players want compromise but will not roll over

Aug 17, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

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The players are not winning the public relations battle with the lockout. Frankly, they can’t. The average sports fan knows the owners are ultra-rich, but they don’t relate to 20-somethings making millions. The players tend to get blamed for a lockout, no matter whose not budging.

The NBA players realize they are going to come out of these negotiations with less than they had going in, like almost everyone in this economy.

But they are not going to submit and tap out. And that means games will be lost. For an ide of how the players view things, check out these quotes from Kevin Love, who spoke with Andy Katz of ESPN.

“We all know we’ll have to sacrifice but something has to be done,” Love told Tuesday night. “It has to be sooner than later. We have to get the ball rolling. We can’t wait around until October or November and then nothing gets done. The owners will keep stalling and obviously they have more means than us to lock us out.”

“I want to play basketball,” Love said. “I want us — the players — to sign a great deal. I want us to make a compromise with the owners but not sign what they’re proposing. We’ll play hardball if we have to. I want there to be an NBA season but it’s also apparent that we’re going to miss games.”

Games are going to be lost. And that is going to hurt the NBA more than the owners and players seem to realize. A lockout in this economy is going to anger fans and it is going to be a long time before they come back.

But please guys, no urgency in meeting. Take your time.

  1. fouldwimmerlaik - Aug 17, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Lose an entire season! That is what the owners will have to do to bring even just a LITTLE bit of sanity. Let the players pay their entourages with food stamps. Let them get a taste of the real world to which they have NO connection. LOCKOUT! LOCKOUT! LOCKOUT!

    • philliphernandez - Aug 18, 2011 at 12:10 AM

      “That is what the owners will have to do to bring even just a LITTLE bit of sanity.” A little bit of sanity to the owners themselves? The owners are the ones making questionable Max Contract deals, the owners are the ones not valuing the scouts who find good players, the owners are the ones not treating this like a real business and hiring their kids to 6 figure salaries for no work.

      The owners who are championing free market rights are the same socialists saying that there has to be an even playing field, that they should make money no matter how bad they run their business. The Celtics, Lakers, Spurs and Mavericks all care about winning. Winning makes those franchises profitable. Winning means extra home games in the playoffs which leads to more revenue. if your home team stinks and is unprofitable its because your owner is a bad business person. My Lakers nor the Players at large should not have to save other owners from Michael Reid or Joe Johnson type mistakes.

      If you work for a living, your boss is probably hinting that you should not ask for a raise this year. There is always money for people who have the right skills, I ask for my money yearly and don’t offer to give it back. I make no apologies on that, and don’t feel that the Players should either. fouldwimmerlaik, do you think that the owners will charge less next season if they get a complete win over the Players? Probably not.

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