Originally posted on True Hoop Blog  |  Last updated 10/24/11
The Decision certainly does seem to hang over the labor impasse, with the guy who lost LeBron James (Dan Gilbert) and the guy who got him (Micky Arison) at opposite ends of the owner spectrum. Dan Le Batard in the Miami Herald: It is a fight between selfish owners and selfish owners. The players, all of them, want to play. The owners? Not so much. The players were fine with the way the system was but have already given back hundreds of millions of dollars in concessions -- something baseball’s union would never, ever do -- for the overall health of the league, negotiating in good faith. But there are a few owners who would lose more money by opening their arena doors than by not, and those owners literally can afford to wait until players start getting restless and customers get furious. If you think the hawkish Gilbert wouldn’t try to throw away an entire season out of pure spite for James, you didn’t read his crazy-crayon letter in a rare moment of raw, rabid public honesty from a...
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