Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  19 responses

Ray Allen Willing to Miss Entire Season for Players to Get Fair Labor Deal

For Ray Allen — who has been outspoken throughout the lockout — playing the 2011-’12 season isn’t nearly as important as securing a fair deal for the future of NBA players. From the AP: “Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen says he’s ready to give up the season if necessary to the NBA lockout. Speaking Thursday before an appearance at the University of Connecticut, his alma mater, Allen said he doesn’t want to have to sit out a season this late in his career, but believes the issues are important to the future of the game. ‘Nobody wants to miss a year,’ he said. ‘But I’m prepared to do what the team needs me to do, what my players association, players union team, what they need me to do, because we want to make sure we get the right deal for us.’ Allen is entering what would be his 16th NBA season with 22,286 points, 24th in league history. Last season, he set the NBA record for 3-point field goals in a career with 2,612. He said he’s not considering retirement and has been working out with members of the UConn basketball team. ‘I always, typically, come up here in September anyway,’ he said. ‘But obviously, due to not being able to work out in my gym, this is my gym of choice. Being around the young guys, they push me physically and mentally,’ he added. ‘So, I look forward to being up here and trying to be up here as much as I can.’”

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  • EmCee


  • DieselMechanic

    Thanks Ray, more Shawn Bradley posters.

  • Yesse

    Lol @ DieselMechanic. I agree, that the old Nba videos on nba.com are getting boring since i have seen all of them. Some of the videos i can watch forever, but some of them are boring.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The players really need to stop with all the “willing to miss a season” crap, it’s getting annoying.

  • DieselMechanic

    I love Jesus but here is an example of a guy who should really not want to miss a season as his team’s window is closing (yes i said closing, not closed) while other teams are getting better.

  • fruizm

    of course this old guy would like that.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    He knows how to handle his finances so missing a year won’t ruin him.

  • seriousblack

    Missing an entire season may very well happen. I hope the majority of the players are with him. I doubt winning a title is more important to them than avoiding an unfair CBA. Whomever doesn’t understand where Ray is coming from is an idiot.

  • bike

    Easy for you to say Ray. You have 16 seasons under your belt and no doubt millions in the bank.

  • Heals

    Emcee and Jtaylor, then don’t read every piece with their opinions on missing the season (the whole “I’m going to read something that annoys me then complain about” routine is tiresome). Uh, Diesel thanks for informing us on the obvious; however, HIS GOAL IS TO NOT MISS THE SEASON. Bike you naively act like Ray Ray is doing this despite other players or because he somehow has less at stake. He is making the complete opposite point cool guy. I just don’t understand how some of you can can read this piece and then respond the way you do. The whole premise was about the other players not himself, yet half of you didn’t even get it (when it was written plainly). JT, no what’s annoying is the fact the players have to miss an entire season before the owners will even consider negotiating in a more honest fashion. Also it’s far from crap my man…

  • bike

    Ray’s a good guy but his situation at this point in his career is completely different than a rookie or a low-level salary guy who might have a career that lasts only 4-5 years. There is no guarantee that the players will get a fair deal even if the season is canceled. The possibility that they are forced to sit out a season AND cave in to the owners is real.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/670447-dwight-howard-and-andrew-bogut-a-tale-of-two-2011-all-nba-defensive-centers nbk

    Who gives a sh*t if these established NBA player can miss a season. No sh*t you’ve made over $100M in your career. Can the guy from Europe, whose job was just taken by Deron Williams miss a whole season? I doubt it. Can all of those American basketball players who lost their job, or the job they were competing for in China miss a whole season? I doubt that too. How about the concession stand people, and ticket takers, and all those other people with “seasonal” jobs that help make it so people can watch you play basketball Ray Allen, can they last a whole season? Somebody needs to pop these players, and owners in the face with a reality check stat, this isn’t just about them at all.

  • bull22

    i have always respected ray but his comments are ridiculous… easy to say that after winning title and all his earnings… this dude talks if the nba is making nfl money.. if they are smart, like the nfl they will end this lockout, in this economy this is pure stupidity to even think of losing a season…

  • Heals

    ‘Nobody wants to miss a year,’ he said. ‘But I’m prepared to do what the —team needs me to do, what my players association, players union team, what they need me to do, —–because we want to make sure we get the right deal for us.’ – I see your POV’s but must be reading it differently cause I don’t get the same interpretation you guys are…

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Statements from estaished NBA players about being prepared for a lockout don’t mean anything, we already know he can last a year without the League. Likely he could go the rest of his life without the NBA. Take a statement from Patrick Mills about missing a season

  • Heals

    This is same guy that donates to/set-up charities, works in the community, always been good with the media and public in Mil, Sea, Conn and Bos, but now all of a sudden he’s goin’ to be selfish over “his cut” in the CBA, please…

  • john

    Later for the league, see you later…..

  • Patrick

    I have a solution that has not been proffered. Abolish the players union and the owners union.

    No more salary caps, mid-level exceptions, etc. Players and owners can voluntarily agree on contracts. No big brother oversight is required by David Stern.

  • zach

    I agree with Heals. You guys are completely missing Ray’s point. He’s supposed to be happy with an unfair labor deal so that the d-bag commenters at Slam will still respect him? NBGhey, just shut up. You speak matter-of-factly about so much and yet you know so little. He is a member of a union fighting for fairness as it pertains to the members of his union. The concession stand people and seasonal workers have nothing to do with the players. The NBA isn’t unlike other businesses. When hopitals have disputes with doctors or nurses unions, no one asks them to consider the workers in housekeeping during collective bargaining disputes. Players losing their jobs as a result of NBA players in other leagues are also irrelevent. It would happen whether there was a lockout or not. Jobs getting taken by more qualified candidates happens in every field of employment every day. Your points are stupid. In the grand scheme of things, Ray is no greater or less a person just because your lame ass doesn’t like what he’s saying. The lowest player salary is around $250 grand a year. That’s not chump change, so anyone who made that kind of money in one year knowing that a lockout was coming better have been saving the vast majority of it. Incoming rookies can’t be affected by money they never had. Ray’s finances don’t make his position weaker, so fall back.