Found October 06, 2011 on SLAM Online:
by Vincent Thomas / @vincecathomas NBA owners are making public opinion history. It takes a hubris-dripping amount of greed to make professional athletes seem like quasi-activists for worker rights, but that’s basically where we’re at. In today’s post-Enron/”Wall Street Bailout” America, filthy rich billionaires can’t be so cavalier about their money-grubbing, even if, on the other side of the labor line, stands one of the country’s pariah archetypes, the “rich, spoiled, millionaire athlete.” With the players union and owners unable to make progress on a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that would end the lockout and save the scheduled start of the season, the League said the first two weeks of the regular season would be canceled if a new deal was not reached by Monday. In other news, the bad guys are now clearly identifiable after a summer of ambiguity as to which side held claim to the moral high-ground real estate. The divvying up of basketball-related income, a.k.a. BRI, i...

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Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia still plans on spending the lockout in Turkey - just with a different team. Pachulia will sign a deal to play with Galatasaray Istanbul, reported Friday. This summer, Pachulia denied reports that he had signed with Besiktas, a rival team in the Turkish League that has signed New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams. Pachulia...

Former Wizard Etan Thomas on NBA owners: ‘We want the rules to protect us from our own incompetence’

There has been a lot of letter writing this week as it relates to the NBA labor situation. A group of powerful agents came together on Monday to urge their clients not to accept a bad deal to end the lockout. National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher wrote a letter that evening urging the agents to get out of the way of the negotiations. Read full article >>

Zaza Pachulia likely signing in Turkey

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