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Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett show up for NBA labor talks

Oct 4, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

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When you think of the cool, level-headed NBA players you want in the room while the most sensitive of NBA labor negotiations take place, who comes to mind?

Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant, of course.

They were two of the NBA players who showed up Tuesday in Manhattan (New York, not Kansas) for Tuesday’s big meeting, tweets Howard Beck of the New York Times. Also in attendance are Paul Pierce (who has been at all sessions since last week), Ben Gordon and the usual players committee, which includes Chris Paul, Roger Mason and others.

The bringing in of NBA stars — plus about 10 NBA owners — shows the seriousness of the talks. Although, every time these talks have had more than just a small group in the room, things have gone poorly. Including last week.

Wish I could find a reason to be positive. I do. On the court, Kobe and KG give you reason to feel positive. In the negotiating room, hard stares and KG clapping his hands is not going to intimidate David Stern.

  1. florida727 - Oct 4, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Did they bring in a padded stand of some sort for KG to bang his head into before the meetings start?

    Seriously though, why the superstar showcase? Those are the guys that already have, literally, tens of millions in the bank. It’s the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th guys down the bench that get penalized the most if the season gets cancelled. Why aren’t THEY the ones in the room? You think Kobe NEEDS that next $24.8 million (his ’10-’11 salary)? Between 1996 and 2011, Kobe has made $196.2 million IN SALARY ALONE. The guys that get hurt are guys like Derek Caracter and Devin Ebanks. Their projected salaries for 2011-2012 are each “only” $788,000.

  2. brentton32 - Oct 4, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    I think all the superstars should be there. I understand they are the ones that would not be hurt as bad, but they are the ones the league needs to look out for because they are the ones that make the league the most money.

  3. 00maltliquor - Oct 5, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    Man, I wish I knew what it was Kobe was saying to KG in that picture!

    • georgie94 - Oct 5, 2011 at 6:09 AM

      “Look KG, I hate you for being a Celtic. I get paid more than you , but we should unite and get to NY and end this lockout. They’re cancelling preseason games already”

      “They just did? Why in the *bleep*ing world would they do that? Let’s go, Black Mamba. I’m gonna make them my *bleep*ing breakfast until we have a season. And when we *bleep*ing do, you’re my breakfast.”

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