According to ESPN some big wig NBA players rep. (Billy Hunter) says “he is ’99 percent sure’ there will be a lockout next summer.”
1. Hunter said he’s been instructing his players to save their money.
2. But Hunter said the owners aren’t budging on their demands for cuts in salaries, contract lengths and guarantees, annual raises, and the rookie salary scale.
3. The sides have been negotiating for more than a year, but Hunter agreed with Commissioner David Stern that there’s been no progress. And the players are no closer to agreeing to the cuts that the league is seeking.
#1-Save their money? Give me a break. I guess some players do live outlandish lives that call for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills each month. Remember Latrell Sprewell “I’ve got my family to feed.”
#2-I don’t blame the owners for not budging. I hope they don’t. Do players really need that much? I don’t think so. The NBA has gotten ridiculous and something needs to change.
#3-No progress=no money for ANYONE. My husband just pointed out, some owners will be fine because they have other things that make them money.
As always in a compromise one side has to bend more than they want to. I sure hope it’s the players bending this time.