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Report: Dwyane Wade yelled at Stern during labor talks

Oct 1, 2011, 4:08 AM EDT

NBA basketball player Wade attends a showing of the Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week Reuters

Dwyane Wade is now the hero to a lot of players.

Commissioner David Stern is the biggest power broker in these ongoing labor negotiations but Wade got in his face Friday. Wade went Dee Snider — he wasn’t going to take it anymore. During Friday’s talks it was Wade who stood up to and yelled at Stern at one point, leading a confrontation that nearly had players storming out of the negotiations.

Here is the direct quote, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Ric Bucher:

Source: David Stern pointed his finger at players while talking. Wade shouted, “You’re not pointing your finger at me. I’m not your child.”

Yea, these negotaitions are going great. Should have a deal in a couple days. Can’t see how that will be a problem.

ESPN’s Chris Broussard adds some details in his tweets.

Star players – LeBron, CP3, PPierce, Baron Davis, Melo, – were ready to leave meeting but Stern asked for private talk w/Billy Hunter….

Hunter then calmed stars down and got them to return to meeting. Players’ resolve stunned owners, sources said.

There are a lot of players that have wanted to yell at Stern over the years. Now one did. Wade spoke truth to power (at least from a players perspective). He almost took a flamethrower to the negotiations and made a point for the players in doing so.

Broussard’s point that the owners were stunned by the players resolve speaks a lot to these talks — the owners are finding the players less willing to cave in than they thought. Friday it was the players turn to be the hardliners. The players feel they have given back, they’re not just going to lie down and take it. They are going to fight for what they want.

Wade showed that and provided the drama out of Friday’s meeting. The other thing we heard from a source is that through all of the five hours of talks Friday the two sides have not really moved much closer together. A lot of ideas have been thrown around, and they will be again Saturday and beyond as the two sides talk. There was at least enough there for the two sides to get together again. But that is different than a breakthrough that will see labor peace.

But Wade made a breakthrough for a lot of players. He’s not going to take it, anymore.

  1. BrownsTown - Oct 1, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Carlton Banks gets angry. Where is the etiquette from a tennis man like Carlton?

  2. razedeyebrow - Oct 1, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Perhaps Wade should ask Dirk Nowitzki for some PR tips. After all, Nowitzki schooled Wade in a lot of ways this year.

  3. mojosmagic - Oct 1, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    When stiffs like Andre Igudala make 15 million a year, 90% of the teams lose money, you can’t make trade, most areas are half empty, it cost $300 to take your family to a game, then hard decisions have to be made to try and save the game. Fu*k Dwayne Wade and his joke of a dream team. He lives on another planet and he will find out soon enough.

  4. mojosmagic - Oct 1, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    When stiffs like Andre Igudala make 15 million a year, 90% of the teams lose money, you can’t make trade, most areas are half empty, it cost $300 to take your family to a game, then hard decisions have to be made to try and save the game. Fu*k Dwayne Wade and his joke of a dream team. He lives on another planet and he will find out soon enough.

  5. wsuperman444 - Oct 1, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    As Crazy as this sounds what about the players seeking a network of College arena’s in the various cities and playing “unofficially” under new team names is it even legal to do so? or reviving the ABA?

  6. Matthew Turk - Oct 2, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    “Wade spoke truth to power” – huh? What was this powerful, shocking truth – “I’m not your child”?

    He didn’t speak truth to power, he acted like a child in a negotiation session.

  7. minnysoda - Oct 2, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Remember they get paid alot of money but they spend alot of money too Go Lynx the only professional sports team worth a lick in Minnysoda

  8. skids003 - Oct 3, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    These overpaid babies think the world “owes” them something. They should have to get a job in the real world. Let the league fold up, who cares.

  9. jollyjoker2 - Oct 4, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Wade needs a math lesson. 10000 fans per game on home 36 games (out of 72) paying an assumed $100 per fan to attend a game (which all numbers could be excessive) only gives 36 million in revenue for a team. Thats only about 18 million revenue to split on a 50% overhead rate.
    One player could eat that payroll. Think about how much each team needs. One coach gets a million bucks. I imagine they pay for that with the concessions.
    Now, granted their is a lot of tv money, but that has to be split among a lot of owners and also pay for players. . Also stern is saying a lot of financial numbers are not being met as arena’s are half filled. Now, I don’t care about these billionaires and their toys but both sides have to open their books and be practical.

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