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Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  6 responses

David Stern: Overseas Option a Threat to Players, Not NBA


Publicly speaking, anyway, David Stern isn’t worried about NBA players temporarily going overseas to earn a few bucks. If anything, he believes they’re only (potentially) hurting themselves and the players’ union. From the AP: “The NBA Commissioner dismissed the notion that it’s a bargaining tactic, warning it could divide the union and possibly jeopardize players’ contracts if they were to be seriously injured. Locked out by the league, numerous players have said they would consider playing overseas. Yet Stern tells The Associated Press there are ‘maybe 10, 15, even 20 players who might, might be able to secure employment, but nothing approaching the NBA system. there’s simply no way that the players collectively can generate more than a couple of hundred million dollars and we have a system that has been delivering $2 billion to them … I think if anything, I think there’s simply no way that the players collectively can generate more than a couple of hundred million dollars and we have a system that has been delivering $2 billion to them,’ Stern said Tuesday in a phone interview. ‘And in fact it threatens to do two things. It threatens to split the union because only the high-paying stars, only the superstars, will be able to get any significant number of dollars, and those dollars are so small compared to what they’re leaving on the table in the U.S. that it just means they’re going to be making a few more dollars than the non-superstars, and I think it’s going to split the union. So I’m not a big fan of it, but not because it’s a threat, but because it subjects our players to unnecessary risk and treats them disparately.’”

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  • MikeC.

    Hawks ownership and Bulls ownership have their fingers crossed saying “Please Joe and Booz, go over there and get hurt so we can void your contract. Please. Pretty please.”

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Who does the copying and pasting over here because there is at least one article a day that has a repeated sentence or ten in it. Pretty annoying.

  • BostonBaller

    I just saw an MJ reel on youtube when they played the Cavs in the playoffs (The Cavs picked up Gerald Wilkins as their Jordan stopper that year) After watching just 2 minutes of it I stopped and laughed at the comparisons that are constantly made to MJ. LBJ..great but not even close. KB8 great AND close but not nearly close enough. MJ ….never mind. I mean no disrespect to todays best players but ….MJ

  • bull22

    as much as i can’t stand stern, where are all the idiots wearing the players jockstraps comments.. amazing david stern says something that makes sense and punks the players in the process and you dont hear jack from anyone….

  • seriousblack

    Somebody needs to ban bulls22 from using the internet for any reason.

  • http://Www.imdb.com TheBigL

    @bostonballer. True. So true. I’m a Laker fan who has defended Kobe’s ball hogging for over a decade and like you I put him second. Dead the comparisons. Enjoy the game. In a year, that is.

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