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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 at 1:23 pm  |  20 responses

The NBA Pushing For A Hard Line On Pay Cuts

The NBA wants across-the-board pay cuts. How far will it go to get them? CBSsports.com’s Ken Berger seems to think pretty far: “‘The union’s response to all of our proposal has been, ‘No,’ [NBA deputy commissioner Adam] Silver said. ‘And as you know, they countered with a proposal that looks a lot like the existing deal.’ Seeing as how Silver, Stern and I were about to watch the home-court debut of Miami’s three-headed, max-player monster, I thought it appropriate to ask: What would happen to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh under a hard-cap system in which they’d bring with them contracts totaling $42 million in 2011-12—likely about 75 percent of the hard cap the league envisions? After teaming up to create a title contender in Miami and launch the NBA into a revenue and exposure stratosphere never before seen in its history, would they all be expected to take a pay cut? ‘That’s what they did in the NHL,’ Silver said. ‘That was the system they had. All existing contracts were cut a certain percentage.’ Yes, 24 percent. After an entire season was lost to a lockout that may have permanently crippled the sport. So, this is going to go really well, as you can see.”

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  • Abaci

    Impeach Stern

  • http://bulls.com airs

    hmmm, how about cutting undeserving contratcs ahem-conley-ahem

  • JTaylor21

    How can Stern and the owners continually talk about wanting to cut salaries when they are handing out bad contracts like hot cakes.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The game will suffer and fans will leave. Most casual NBA fans I know think these guys get tremendously overpaid. Stern needs to get his head out of his a*s and live up to his name and make it a deal fair for everyone, not just to glowing reviews of his buddy Gary Bettman and the rest of his big money cronies.

  • PapaBearATL

    Kahn should run for Sterns position, at least then we would expect the decision making… The masters are looking at Bron, Wade and Bosch as a slave uprising. All the other slaves will have to pay for the crimes of the few.

  • JTaylor21

    ^What the hell does slaves have to do with this and what “crimes” did wade/bosh/bron commit???

  • CAPTAIN HINDSIGHT

    STERN SHOULDNT HAVE LIED ABOUT THE LEAGUE LOSING MONEY. ITS OBVIOUS THE LEAGUE IS MAKING LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    really a clear stance the Stern is making in solidarity with the ownership and governors of the league, the Association……should be an interesting next few years

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @JTaylor21 lol he didn’t say they’ve committed any crimes read the context of his statement

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @PapaBear this appears to be the case my man. I don’t think there has ever been a point in NBA history where more pressure has been put on the management and ownership than now, and there are three…lets be honest two….okay lets be honest, one major reason for that- he goes by the name of Lebron. Lebron’s ‘Decision’ was a changing of the guard, a slave uprising as you put it. The entire idea of this salary cut, to play along with this metaphor, is to tighten the chains on these guys, instill a little fear that if you dare think about joining Nat Turner- I mean Lebron, and go around forming superteams, you’ll have a price to pay. Just think about how steeply the value of the Cavaliers franchise has dropped!!! Chinese investors ready to pull out I bet…now think about this same deal happening in New Orleans, Denver, etc. etc. where frustrated superstars want to abandon ship….Stern is trying to put the whip to ‘em….it just might backfire….for everyone

  • burnt_chicken

    I need to find a CBA franchise I can really get behind…

  • http://google c_cantrell

    jtaylor u jus gotta understand some ppl are f*cking retarded n will never understand basketball like the rest of us

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    SHUT UP DAVID STERN, THE LEAGUE IS NOT LOSING MONEY. AND EVEN IF IT WAS, YOU’VE ALREADY MADE THAT MONEY BACK FROM THE ASS-LOAD OF TECHNICALS BEING CALLED THIS YEAR.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    I understand that Wade/Bron/Bosh are what scares the owners but it seems to me like LA and Boston would suffer the most seeing as how far over the cap they have. They’d lose a lot of depth. Boston’s top 3 players (Rondo, Pierce, KG) combined make more than Miami’s 3 combined. And Kobe signed an extension that will pay him as much as Wade and LBJ combined.

  • Clos1881

    How can you justify a hard cap when mike Conley can get 45 mil travis outlaw 35 mil nobodys making teams pay these dudes

  • http://www.youtube.com/officerbarbrady what

    David Stern is using the same premise he used to enact the age limit rule: NBA owners and GMs are generally idiots, so let’s penalize the players to limit the idiocy of the owners and GMs. Like the guy above me says, nobody is making the owners and GMs give out these ridiculous contracts. Like any other free market, the price is being set by the people paying the money. Hopefully at least in this case, the players are prepared enough and resolved enough to draw a hard line and tell Stern to f*ck off.

  • IAMKING

    I could really see the ABA coming back or euroleague getting way bigger and make way more than the NBA because the main players will get tired of sterns bs and move to other leagues. Get rid of stern or face the consequences of the league sinking

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    I can’t see the ABA coming back, and we’ve already seen what happens when players go overseas (they go months without pay). I think salaries should be cut a certain percentage, but only if ticket prices get cut as well.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^AMKING..
    dude no main players are leaving because of stern.. they have dreamed their whole lives about being in the nba.. the nba is the league that almost any player across the globe would want to play in

  • Los

    that $45 mil Conley got is incentive based. He won’t see that money. Hardcap, new CBA, or not.

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