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Hunter says there will be a vote on that thing we said there wouldn’t be a vote on… kind of

Nov 13, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter AP

Remember when we said there wouldn’t be a vote? Yeah, that’s what it looked like right up until about 1AM EST Saturday night. Then SI.com dropped a column with direct comment from Billy Hunter. The union’s going to vote on the proposal. Kind of.

When reached on Saturday night, however, Hunter told SI.com that his intention was to have the player representatives vote on a revised version of the NBA’s latest proposal before moving forward.

“We will vote on the NBA’s proposal,” Hunter wrote in a text message. “The proposal will be presented with some proposed amendments.”

via NBA players to discuss owners’ offer Monday, vote on changes – Sam Amick – SI.com.

This is a predictable, previously-mentioned, and pretty smart move on the players’ part. You vote on the proposal, but you throw in the adjustments that would make it swallowable. If it passes, you’ve got enough to keep negotiating, and if the NBA won’t schedule talks, you just volley this back on them. If they want to blow things up after the union’s made a response, that’s on them. For the record, I think they’re fine with that and will torch the season anyway, but this at least gets the union off of looking like they’re the ones choosing not to play.

If the measure doesn’t pass, then they know they’re too far away to even keep talking, they decertify or disclaim interest, go to the courts, and torch the season anyway.

You may be sensing a trend here.

It’s “the season will get torched.”

There’s a narrow possibility that the league will consider the concessions the union asks them to be minor enough that they say “fine, just accept it, let’s take the win and go home.” Since the league has had this option about thirty times and keeps saying “MOAR, WE WANT MOAR WINZ, ALL WINZ FOR UZ!” I don’t see it happening. But it’s a possibility. If the owners really don’t care about public sentiment, then they won’t care about looking like they bent.

So, yeah, like we said. Monday’s it.

  1. kandh2004 - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Matt you hear that ticking it’s the NBA dooms day clock. Hope you like writing about college basketball.

  2. santolonius - Nov 13, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    maybe i am wrong, but it sure seems to me that the top 150 players in the league are saying to the bottom 300 players: “hey scrubs – you may have the majority of votes, but if you dare try to stand up against the starters and the stars of this league, we will make your life in uniform completely miserable. so even though your career is shorter than ours and your salary lower, you bottom-benchers can just suck it. you ain’t gonna make money this year.”
    just another way the nba is ruining its brand. i mean when they come back, how can i like these guys?

  3. thetooloftools - Nov 13, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Cave or sit.
    All in or nothing.
    Outhouse or penthouse.
    NBA players… you leaders are playing you.
    Vote this down and nighty night.
    Wait till you see how many players loan each other $.
    “Don’t go race or religion card” is all you have heard not to do against the owners.
    Well…………………………………………….

  4. scorch22 - Nov 13, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Wow… Stern did two things I did not think was possible. 1. He made me feel sympathy for the players.
    2. Managed to galvanize the basketball players against the NBA.

  5. buckifan4life - Nov 13, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Go owners. Get this league corrected. I hope the owners break the players union and get everything they can from them. Not sure why it should be any different than any other business in this country where the workers get screwed. Why are they special?

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