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Player reaction to preseason postponement: Saw that coming

Sep 22, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

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Out in Las Vegas for the past couple of weeks at the Impact Compeitive Training Series (affectionately known as the “lockout league”), it has been about NBA players staying in shape for the start of the season, sharpening their game, getting in some run.

Now everybody will have a lot longer to hone that edge. Friday the training camps and preseason games guys were working out for will be postponed, with the league cancelling everything through Oct. 15.

The reaction of several players seemed to be “we knew this was coming.”

“If you didn’t expect to miss any games, then you haven’t been prepared, you haven’t been listening,” said Suns forward Jared Dudley. “We’ve talked to (union director) Billy Hunter, we’ve talked to everyone. This has been planned for three or four years, (the owners) knew it, right when it was time to deal they weren’t going to do this.

“They want us to miss checks. They want us to feel the burn. We knew this.”

Across the country at the University of Connetticut, Celtics sharpshooter Ray Allen echoed that sentiment, saying that he would be willing to give up a full season to get a fair deal. Rashard Lewis said basically the same thing Wednesday.

“Our thing is you have to to have a stance,” Dudley said. “It’s not like we’re not willing to give back. We just want the split to be somewhat fair… We have our line, the line we’re not going to cross, and if that means missing a season we might as well miss a season anyway because they are talking 40 percent cuts. If you’re talking 40 percent, everyone could miss two years.”

Both sides of the labor talks seem to have dug in, meanwhile fans who just wanted to watch games — and were willing to pay to do it — will be the losers.

  1. thekingdave - Sep 23, 2011 at 1:09 AM

    Sorry NBA. NFL rules until May and June. Even the NFL Draft in April reigns supreme over what’s happening in the NBA. Congratulations, David Stern. Way to piss away a gold mine.

    • trbowman - Sep 23, 2011 at 3:27 AM

      Honestly, I’m not to the point where I even care that much. Like you said, NFL is the king right now. And it’s just about two weeks from the new NHL season, so I don’t really miss the NBA.

      And as an NHL fan, I’ve been fully expecting the whole season to be lost from the jump. Read a good article outlining the similarities.

  2. seanb20124 - Sep 23, 2011 at 6:49 AM

    I believe the union will crumble once money is being lost. Kobe and Lebron can go without paychecks, but can bench players?? IDK

  3. boldinshowers - Sep 23, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    Who cares abour the NBA. Lousy product. The players can blame the Miamia Heat B.S. for alot of this. Those guys screwed it up for everybody, and they thought less money was a “good thing”. Lebron doomed a team for several years and the gave it a big F-U with their preseason celebration.
    Owners all saw this and weren’t amused. Until the NBA has a franchise tag for an elite player on each team, you have the players running the league.
    Have a great winter NBA players. Can’t wait to read the news about players taking out high risk, high interest loans to pay for their excessive spending habits.
    At the end of the day, the owners ALWAYS WIN.

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