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Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry is known for his cantankerous attitude and outspoken ways just as much as he's known for underhanded free throws and NBA/ABA* championships. And as you'd expect, he's just as upset about the ongoing NBA lockout as we are. Unlike a lot of us, though, Barry thinks the players are at fault for the lost offseason and canceled first two weeks of the regular season.
In an interview with FOX, Barry places the blame squarely at the feet of the Players Association's top representative, while utilizing his typical brand of cranky candor:
"I'm not a big fan of (union executive director) Billy Hunter. What are they going to get if they lose 30 games and get zero concessions? What are they going to get if owners are going to hold their position? Owners screwed up their finances the last time (with collective bargaining agreements of 1999 and 2005). They want a chance now to break even and that's not unreasonable."
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