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NBA player reactions to lockout all over twitter

Oct 11, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT


Through the lockout, the NBA owners have been a monolith — all news from their side comes from David Stern or Adam Silver only. No owners or executives speak on the issue.

The players, however, have a lot of voices. And many of those voices get expressed on twitter.

Moments after Stern announced the cancellation of the first couple weeks of the season, players turned to twitter to make their feelings heard.

Steve Nash, who had spent the day making the players case 140 characters at a time, tweeted:

Thanks for the overwhelming support today guys. You know we want to play & you understand the propaganda/misinformation from the owners.

Genuinely sorry to all the employees in and around NBA arenas losing work.

Dwyane Wade also played the card about all the workers at arenas who now will feel the pinch.

STERN’s “WORDS” 2day hurt the ppl who work at the AAA,other arena’s,as well as local businesses &our fans..

LeBron James apologized to fans.

I wanna sincerely say sorry to all the fans! It’s a sad day for all of us, especially u guys! There’s no US w/o You. #loveuguys

Stephen Curry sounded more like most fans (myself included).


The Kings Marcus Thornton held the union line.

U can’t be serious first 2 weeks canceled mannnn we really just want to get back to doing what we do best and what we love #serioustweet

S/O @derekfisher for not stopping until we get a fair and righteous deal hard worker on and off the court #salute

And then there is Ron Artest… er, Metta World Peace, who remains outside the box.

Yay to the NBPA and NBA for making progress!!! Two weeks not bad! Cheers! Breaking news! More progress real soon for updates!

I think something will get done because basketball is fun. The fans love it. It’s hard to do what Kobe does or mike Jordan. Yrs of work…

Let’s hope World Peace is right.

  1. cakemixa - Oct 11, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Poor things. They’re gonna start missing out on their 500k-1million dollar paychecks soon. How will they survive? It’s hilarious watching them spin their positions like politicians.

  2. dcipher80 - Oct 11, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Wade becomes more annoying every year. Was pro player in the NFL lockout, very pro owner in the NBA lockout. These guys don’t realize that a lot of us fans are basically forgotten in the current system. If you’re a mid/small market team’s fan you’re out of luck unless you win the lottery in a strong year. That’s not a sustainable system.

    • savocabol1 - Oct 11, 2011 at 12:46 PM

      Win the lottery in a strong year, AND the player turns out to be a huge talent right away. Otherwise in a couple of years that talent is requesting to be on another team. Small markets are built to fail in the current NBA system.

  3. jasonfontaine - Oct 11, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Tell me how it feels to allow an elderly black woman to sell a beer for $9 while she earns minimum wage? Tell you what D-Wade – when you can make it that those BEHIND the counter can earn a decent living for their hard work and sacrifice – then I might come see another game….otherwise – shut your mouth fool….

  4. sknut - Oct 11, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    The players and owners act like they care about the arena workers when they don’t. If Wade and Nash care so much put up some of your money to help those affected get through the lockout. I am just saying the amount those people were due so they can continue to support their families.

    • skids003 - Oct 11, 2011 at 10:50 AM

      I agree sknut. The fact they now throw this up is to win sympathy for themselves. Unfortunately, those employees are the ones hurt the most here. I don’t for one minute believe the players care about the “little people.” Most of them are so arragant they think those people were put here to work and worship them.

      But the owners are no better. Both sides are just alike.

  5. truthplainandsimple - Oct 11, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    God, you people are stupid. Most players don’t see these 500K-1million paychecks you fools speak about. Only the top tier players. The NBA lockout is just as bad, if not worse than the NFL. The difference? The NBA owners are complaining about their own mistakes in player salaries and trying to recoup by being more greedy—so they wont be about to hand Darko a 20 million plus contract. DAVID KAHN should be taking less money for making that dumb deal. Small market teams do have an issue and unlike the NFL, the NBA does not take better care of ALL of its teams, however some owners…like Clippers’ Donald Sterling to prefers to keep a bad team, don’t deserve anything. The players have agreed that they should AND WILL take less money. But the greed of NBA owners, considering they came off one of the best financial years in over a decade, of throwing this past success away is amazing. I said ALL ALONG the NFL would never miss games. Why? That league is too smart and makes TOO MUCH MONEY. Instead of building off of last season and marketing better, the NBA leadership is lazy and greedy as usual. Their marketing model and strategies are atrocious for a league that old and the NBA system is not going to work for small market teams…theres virtually NO parody. But that doesn’t fall on tapping the players for money. That solves nothing. Best believe there is dissent among owners moreso than players. The top dogs wanna remain on top and the small market teams want a better chance to compete and do well.

    • yournuts - Oct 11, 2011 at 9:58 PM

      I disagree with you 100%. As an owner of a small business I take all the risks when I hire someone. If I have a bad year I have to lay money out of my own pocket. I hire people who accept employment with or without contracts. They get paid no matter what and don’t have to give up something in return. They are employees. I also have to pay taxes on what they earn and pay into their pension plan no matter how the environment is. SORRY PAL the minimum NBA salary is better than 99.9% of all jobs out there. If you don’t want to play basketball then sell insurance or bag groceries if you want. What the Owners have given to the players is MORE THAN GENEROUS. Go Play in Europe if you want. Someone will play here in your place.

  6. mojosmagic - Oct 11, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Five whole comments because NOBODY CARES. LOL Het a grip players if the NFL can led games the boards would light up. NOBODY CARES ABOUT THE OVER PRICED PRODUCT AND OVERPAID PLAYERS ENOUGH TO EVEN COMMENT.

  7. kpow55 - Oct 11, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Sucks for areas that depend n the NBA for other revenue but from a competetive standpoint, when 1/2 the league makes the playoffs, does it really matter how much of the regular season is lost?

  8. asublimeday - Oct 11, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Is lebron apologizing for his personality or the lockout? Because the only good thing about this lockout is not seeing his crybaby routine all over espn.

  9. premiumpit - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:21 AM

    If you dont care why read it then post?

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