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Derrick Rose says it’s Stern’s fault, yada yada… wait, who’s in charge of the union?

Oct 15, 2011, 11:28 PM EDT

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This is the paragraph I’m supposed to blockquote you and pull the news story off of. Guess what? A member of the player’s union thinks David Stern and the owners are mean and it’s their fault for the lockout! TOTALLY NEW INFORMATION.

“It’s sad. It’s very sad. But everybody knows it’s not our fault. It’s definitely not our fault. If it was up to us, we’ll be out there playing,” the reigning league MVP said Saturday at the State Street Foot Locker in the Loop. I think that it’s wrong. I know that they can easily take care of it and not take advantage of people, but I guess that’s how people are.

“There’s not too much that we can say. They’re not thinking about anything that we’re saying, they’re not taking into consideration anything that we’re trying to give them. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”

via Rose blames owners for NBA lockout.

This is supposed to be provocative, but really, it’s just Rose’s ultra-simplistic view of what the union holds. The owners don’t want a deal, they’re the ones locking the players out, #letusplay and all that jazz. So yeah, Derrick Rose spoke out against the league, which is of note since Rose has been pretty quiet.

But here’s the excerpt that should actually catch your eye from our friends at CSN Chicago (emphasis mine):

While fans shouldn’t anticipate Rose sitting in on labor negotiations, the perception that the shy kid with the loud game won’t speak up isn’t quite so accurate these days.

“I’ve been so busy, where I haven’t had time to go into the news or anything like that, but my agents, Arn [Tellem] and B.J. [Armstrong] have been doing a great job with keeping me up with the updates and I’m supposed to be talking to ‘D-Fish’ in a couple days or Paul Pierce,” said Rose.

via Rose blames owners for NBA lockout.



Okay, so some background on Pierce. He’s not just one of the guys who blew apart the 50/50 proposal last weekend alongside Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant.  He’s prominently involved in the union, has been present at more meetings than any of the other superstars, and Ken Berger of reported that Pierce has considered a formal presence in the union:

In addition, the Celtics’ Paul Pierce — who was among the stars present Friday and who stuck around for Saturday’s and Monday’s sessions — will take on a prominent role in the negotiations again on Tuesday. Though Pierce has previously expressed interest in being involved in the union — perhaps even as a committee member and vice president — his presence is notable for more than his star power. Pierce’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, is one of seven powerful reps who wrote a pointed letter to their clients urging them not to agree to any further reductions in their share of basketball-related income (BRI) or any further restrictions to the system beyond what the union has negotiated.

via A moment of truth arrives in NBA talks –

So I’m not saying it’s random that Rose would want to touch base with him. Pierce does know what’s going on. He’s in the room.

But consider that Pierce’s agent sides with those who reportedly want to at least question if not undercut Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher‘s approach. So does Rose’s agent, Arn Tellem. And you’re telling me Derrick Rose, the MVP of the league, can’t get Derek Fisher on the phone to tell him what’s going on? He’s going to Pierce?

I’m not trying to blow anything out of proportion here, though I can readily admit that’s what it looks like. But it seems exceptionally weird that the MVP is checking with someone who’s not a member of the executive committee who recently took things into his own hands along with Garnett and Bryant and blew up the talks, at least in cooperation with the owners’ intransigence. It sounds a lot like there are too many cooks in the players’ kitchen.

You need one voice. One expert. One law. Right now, there’s confusion and unrest coming out of the union. Maybe that’s just a flawed perception from the media. But the perception is still there.

  1. thekingdave - Oct 15, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    I don’t know the specific details of what happened, but didn’t Memphis vacate all wins from his freshman(and only) year because he had someone else take the SAT for him? Would he really absorb all the lockout info?

    • champ34 - Oct 16, 2011 at 3:03 AM

      STFU….what does the SAT’s have to do in pertains to this subject issue? Relax over there.

      • b7p19 - Oct 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM

        I wouldn’t say it was well put but I agree with you here. Whether or not Rose cheated on a meaningless test in high school is irrelevant.

    • drose01 - Oct 16, 2011 at 5:21 AM

      please give it a rest already. no one has no proof or knows what happen. I just wish haters just go away in leave drose alone.

  2. tilllman40 - Oct 15, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Lol yup. So sick of rich athletes crying over money. Thank god for college ball

  3. 40thstreetblack - Oct 16, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    I don’t know the specific details of what happened,but didn’t Memphis vacate all wins from his freshman(and only) year because he had someone else take the SAT for him? Would he really absorb all the lockout info?

    Wow! Derrick Rose isn’t smart enough to understand the lockout and it’s negotiations. Really? I guess that is just the way some people are.

  4. therealhtj - Oct 16, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Pierce and Kobe have very real, vested interests in these negotiations – they have contract extensions that kick in this season. So whatever new deal is negotiated, their deals will be based on a new, reduced BRI split costing them millions. Of course, those millions could’ve been offset had they taken the owners deal and not lost the pay for the beginning of the season. But I forget, this is all about what’s “fair” to the players and “blood issues.”

    Now I’ve also got to take offense at you labeling Pierce a “superstar.” Guy’s not a first ballot HOFer, was a borderline All-Star most years, never even been in the MVP discussion (my barometer for a Superstar), a “casual” NBA fan probably couldn’t even pick him out of a police lineup, and didn’t win squat until McHale gift-wrapped KG to his old buddy Ainge. Star maybe, but Superstar? I don’t think so. Plus he’s a total tool.

  5. Gordon - Oct 16, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    I love D-Rose, but thank God this kid can play basketball. When he speaks, he comes off like he quit school after 3rd grade.

  6. fanoredsox - Oct 16, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    I am starting to believe that the League and the owners really did embrace letting these idiots in after high school or after one year of basket weaving in college. They knew they wouldn’t be smart enough to understand what was really important. Most of these people seem to have no idea how to negotiate or how a business is run. I believe the only intelligent comment that I have heard was from Shane Battier and Oh Yeah, he spent 4 years at a pretty decent college. People like Battier not Bryant or Garnett should be handling this.

  7. thekingdave - Oct 17, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Couldn’t get into Memphis on own=had someone else take the SAT=probably not very smart

    Pretty simple

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