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Report: NBA and players to meet for Hail Mary attempt at a season Sunday

Oct 9, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

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The players canceled a meeting Sunday and suspicions began ramping up that there would be a meeting Sunday with Monday’s deadline to avoid canceling regular season games looming. Sunday afternoon the New York Times reports those suspicions are becoming a reality.

Top officials for the N.B.A. and the players union will meet Sunday night in a final, and unexpected, attempt to resolve the lockout before regular-season games are lost, according to a person briefed on the meeting.

The meeting will involve the primary negotiators for each side — Commissioner David Stern and the deputy commissioner Adam Silver for the league, with the union represented by its president, Derek Fisher, and its executive director, Billy Hunter.

via N.B.A. and Union to Meet Sunday – NYTimes.com.

This is a Hail Mary attempt to get things done. To let you know what would have to happen:

  • Either the owners would have to soften on the BRI 50/50 split they demanded before trying to set up a meeting Friday, the union would have to drop to it, or the two sides would have to work on the supporting issues to make the deal good enough for the other to move on BRI.
  • Then, they’d have to sell their respective deals to their constituents, with the players extremely firm on 53 percent and no lower, and the owners extremely firm on 50 percent and no higher. Plus, both sides are filled with inflammatory parties like Dan Gilbert, Robert Sarver, and Kevin Garnett who don’t want any movement at all.
  • Then, they’d have to get past all the other issues, get the agents on board, work up the language, and get a new CBA voted on and ratified.
  • They have four weeks and two days to get this done.
There isn’t hope going into this meeting, from either side. That’s just the reality. But they’re meeting, so at least there’s hope.
  1. therealhtj - Oct 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    I’d rather the owners stand firm then just give the players virtually the same deal with just a little giveback in BRI. The problem isn’t the BRI Split, it’s the long-term, guaranteed contracts given to players who simply don’t live up to them. The NBA has a systemic problem, not just a problem of a few percentage points one way or another.

    Sure the owners didn’t HAVE to give these ridiculous deals, but does anyone think it fair for owners, teams, and their fans have to essentially have their teams held hostage by one or two bad contracts? Should franchise cornerstone players and their massive contracts be essentially set in stone with no room to renegotiate even if the player wanted to? Of course not and any new CBA not addressing this critical issue is a big loss for us, the fans.

    Personally I’d rather see a CBA that guarantees up to 60% to the players and a hard cap around 80 million with every existing contract becoming retroactively non-guaranteed past 3 years. Agreeing to the same nonsensical soft-cap system with simply a BRI reduction will only lead to a new generation of Curry, Arenas, Lewis, Walton, and Name-The-Worst-Contract-On-The-Team-You-Follow-Most-Closely type contracts severely hampering said squad’s ability to compete for a championship.

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 10, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      For the record, the players would get 57 percent of the BRI whether or not there are bad contracts out there. The owners would pay the same amount in salary, they may get better value for their money, but they would pay the same amount.

      • therealhtj - Oct 10, 2011 at 5:47 PM

        That’s my point Kurt – I don’t care who makes the Lion’s share of the money so long as that money is going towards a better overall product.

        Now while being able to cut unproductive, unmotivated, or simply past-their-prime players doesn’t automatically guarantee a better product, it certainly will be better than having them on the roster. They’ve got to spend that 57% or whatever it’ll be on someone, and whomever it is, they’ve got to be better than the albatrosses I’ve already mentioned.

  2. behaviorquest - Oct 9, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    AS long as thugs predominate the NBA the whole sport should be cancelled. These players routinely behave in ways that bring no credit to themselves, their community or the sport of basketball.

    • davidly - Oct 9, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      Funny, that’s how I feel about the banking and war industries.

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