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NBA players take to Twitter to make their case, call owners greedy

Oct 20, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT


It’s really hard for the NBA players to win the public relations war. I think they are in the right, that the owners are not really negotiating in good faith. But at the end of the day, if the players took the owners deal they’d make more than 99 percent of Americans and that makes them unsympathetic to the general public.

But the players are trying to make their case, taking to Twitter after talks broke down and pushing the “owners are greedy” angle hard.

Like this tweet from Chris Paul:

source:  Then there is this from Dwyane Wade:

source:  Stephen Curry went multiple tweet to explain the players’ position:

source:  source:  Really, right now, real basketball fans are depressed. Their mad at everyone, both sides.

Brian Cardinal feel our pain.


  1. cosanostra71 - Oct 20, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    I salute you Brian Cardinal.. Here’s to the Janitor. Apparently the only NBA player with sense.

  2. thetooloftools - Oct 20, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    The NBA players need more black guys coming out calling the owners “plantation owners”. How’d that work for you? These players need to learn that the MAJORITY of fans support the owners. That is the truth and you have brought it on yourselves. Blame the Heat. They were the house band last year of the NBA that were going to dominate by stacking the deck. Two players walked on max deals so they could ball together?… the message to the owners was “the money doesn’t matter, we have enough of that”… look in the damn mirror fools.
    Blame yourselves.
    I do.

    • jollyjoker2 - Oct 21, 2011 at 1:45 AM

      Greedy owners. Paying me an average 500k per year while I lose millions of dollars per year…..I can’t take it anymore with those slave owners. Oh the poor fans, what will they do without seeing a tall black man put a round ball in a hoop.

    • brentton32 - Oct 21, 2011 at 10:29 AM

      I don’t see how you all could be on the owner’s side of this? Yes I understand they say they are losing money. Well prove it! Show your books. Nazr Mohammed said it best last night on twitter “What would you do if your boss called you into the office and told you that business is the best it’s ever been but that he has made some bad business decisions and he needs you to take a pay cut. We said ok! How much do you need? They said $300million, we said cool. Then they said no, lets make that $500million.”

  3. jlid777 - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:17 AM

    If any sport could see more than 2 seconds into the future, they’d all adopt the NFL’s system or total revenue sharing and non-guaranteed contracts. In the short term, it only benefits small market owners/fans, but long term it promotes competitive balance for all teams and brings fans of all teams to the market, thus increasing profits and benefitting the whole league. It’s sad that the one thing that could bring the NBA to NFL standards of popularity isn’t on either side’s bargaining table. Regardless of which side “wins”, the league is gonna lose hard

  4. skids003 - Oct 21, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Is DWade talking about themselves or the owners? Looks to me like he’s looking in a mirror.

  5. elgreceaux - Oct 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    If I was opening a business and you applied for a job asking for 51% of my revenues, I would tell you to take a flying leap.

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 21, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      Be careful about comparing basketball and other pro sports to another business. If you own a hardware store, the employees are nice but people come in to buy paint and hammers — it’s about the product. And most money spent on that store goes to filling the shelves with good product. In the case of the NBA, the players are the product. People pay to see them. Without them there is nothing to sell.

  6. silverdeer - Oct 21, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    It’s all greed. The owners, the players, the agents, everyone. The only way they are going to learn a lesson is to lose enough money so that they all come to an agreement and make sure that it doesn’t happen again. However, the only way they are going to lose that money is if we the fans quit going and quit watching the games if/when they start back up.

  7. basketballfan4life - Oct 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    U know, this blog about people that have worked hard their whole life to achieve a goal, no, DREAM, it mirroring the foundation of this country. Race is still the motivating factor in how many think, feel and act.

    Example, many are attacking Brian Gumbal for woman he said without actually arguing what He Said. He never called the players slaves. He never even called Stern a slave master. He likened him to a “plantation overseer”. An individual that acts under the owners demands, ruling over individuals that he was hired to oversee and control. His job is to keep those individuals in line and to make them perform to the pleasure of the owner. How he does this determines how he is seen. Stern has come off egotistical and unwilling to consider how to create what would work for both side. He doesn’t have to. Just like he doesn’t have to attack plays and treat them as if they were children or ignorant. Nevertheless, he has.

    They ideas anyone has on the lockout is something u are allied to have and express, but pay attention to what u are saying and how u are saying it Mr. tool. As u have decided to talk about the players being slaves, I can say that u are racist. The difference is u have given evidence to prove my assertion. Ur comments are just that, an assertion. U aren’t alone, there are others that are making the same types of comments and I am not surprised. U are who u are and that won’t change.

    I hope u are enjoying ur limited Outlook on people and life. Oh, and tell ur one Black Bestfriend I said Hello.. SMH

  8. chief0727 - Oct 21, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    The owners are offering a 50/50 split of BRI. The players want more than 50%. Yet its the owners that are greedy ??? Professional athletes should all be forced to work 1-2 years in the real world before collecting their millions for playing a game. Maybe then we wouldn’t be subjected to ignorant comments.

  9. jwalkingincarolina - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Anyone who is siding with the owners during this lockout is jealous as hell that these guys make sooo much money to even pay attention to the damn facts. Its been stated several times that the 50/50 split is not actually 50/50. The players are the product and without them there would be no NBA so stop comparing these sports franchises to regular businesses. If a player got a deal he didn’t deserve then its not his fault, owners need to make better business decisions. I hope the players hold out as long as they have to get a fair deal. Fans will be back even if they say they won’t they will be right back like it never left.

    • ccraig232 - Oct 22, 2011 at 3:07 AM

      On the flip side the players wouldn’t have the opportunity to make the money they make without the owners. It goes both ways.

      • ccraig232 - Oct 22, 2011 at 3:08 AM

        And forgot to add that the owners would still have what they have without the players. So, the players needs the owners and the league more than the owners need the players.

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