Sep 24, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT
When the NBA formally cancelled the first preseason games on Friday, team executives from all 30 teams reached out to fans with a personal letter saying they apologize and promise them that the league is working on the labor situation.
Except, the letter wasn’t all that personal. It shows that NBA execs do know how to use the cut and past feature on their word documents.
The Salt Lake Tribune got a hold of Jazz president Randy Rigby’s letter. Then they compared it to the letters of Portland’s Larry Miller, Houston’s Tad Brown and Atlanta’s Bob Williams.
All four letters appear to rely upon NBA talking points concerning ongoing collective bargaining agreement negotiations, with each executive inserting small individual sections about their teams in their messages. The sentence “The NBA’s goal is to secure a sustainable business model that enables all 30 teams to compete for a championship, fairly compensates players, and ensures a world-class experience for our fans,” appears almost word for word in all four letters.
It’s not personal, it’s spin. It’s talking points. Right now everything around the NBA is spin.
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- PBT Extra: Klay Thompson’s done well, but Warriors should throw other defenders at James Harden, too 4
- PBT Extra: Give Warriors defense some credit for stop of Harden on last play 0
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- For two games James Harden has been brilliant, but that’s not what anybody is talking about 25
- Warriors survive James Harden in Game 2, take 2-0 lead in Western Conference finals 15
- PBT Extra: No DeMarre Carroll leaves Hawks in tough spot 3