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Players meet Saturday night, the line holds at 53 percent for BRI

Oct 9, 2011, 2:05 AM EDT

Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter AP

The NBPA was supposed to hold a regional meeting on Sunday and Monday, but late Saturday, word came from Yahoo! Sports that the Sunday meeting was canceled? Hope for a last-minute negotiating session? No, silly rabbit. Negotiating is for grown-ups! This is a finger-pointing contest now. Or another type of contest I won’t define. So what happened?

From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:

Via union source: Meeting was scheduled for Sunday but players in Miami for FIU game requested it be held on Saturday night. So they had it.Sun Oct 09 04:14:05 via web

In Miami meeting on Saturday night, union source says players were united on holding firm at 53 percent of BRI. Owners want 50-50 split.Sun Oct 09 04:29:27 via web

Just to read in between the lines, there, the superstars in Miami for the charity game wanted to change the schedule for the entire membership, so they did.

SI’s got a little different version of the same, but the reality is still this. The NBA intends to cancel games. The players will not buckle to avoid games being canceled. We’ve hit as far as they’re willing to go at this point and it’s time for the real pain to set in. Just like Melo said after the exhibition in Miami Saturday night:

“Theyre going to cancel the first two weeks of the season,” Anthony said. “Well see what happens then. If they want to lock us out, lock us out. Were going to stick together.”

via After charity game, NBA players discuss lockout – NBA – SI.com.

The trenches have been dug. Barring a miracle, the 2011-2012 NBA season will not be 82 games.

  1. willcoop - Oct 9, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    At this point I’m not sure the fans care anymore. This just doesn’t affect the lives of players coaches and owners, but the people that work the arenas, your concessions, parking lot attendants, tickets agents. A lot of people will feel the trickle down effect from the selfish assess that can seem to play together. They have forgotten about the people that pay the salaries, the fans. It’s disgusting how greedy and condescending these people are. I will never attend another NBA game, and I call for the fans to boycott the NBA as a show of now pissed off we are. If they truly cared, when the season finally starts, all tickets in every arena should be sold for 10.00.

  2. honkerdawg - Oct 9, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Good for the owners stay at 50/50 what else are these uneducated going to do for a living?

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