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Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 10:50 am  |  18 responses

Ben Gordon: NBA Labor Negotiations Were a ‘Waste of Time’


Ben Gordon found little to no value in the time he spent listening in on NBA labor talks, and the Pistons’ guard believes things will only get worse from here on out. The Detroit Free Press reports: “Ben Gordon wasn’t surprised when NBA commissioner David Stern announced Monday that the league was canceling the first two weeks of the season because of the ongoing lockout of players. He could see the writing on the wall as far back as several seasons ago when the players’ union started warning of the possibility. He sat in on labor negotiations late last month that Gordon on Tuesday described as a ‘waste of time.’ And the Pistons’ shooting guard thinks it’s only a matter of time before more games are canceled. ‘I think there will be more games missed,’ Gordon said when reached by phone as he was driving to Chicago. ‘I expect it might be a year or two. I realized that when I was listening to both sides during the negotiations. I think there will be a lot of games missed and more money is going to go down the drain. I’m preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best.’”

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  • Chris Skighwalker

    Easy down Benny, a year or two eh?

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

    A year or two is a bit much, but good thing the Pistons laced BG with that fat contract. I’m sure he’s doing just fine.

  • robb

    just like your last season Ben

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I could see the entire season being missed for sure. It’s going to be a hell of a fight.

  • bike

    Both Stern and Hunter have been of the mindset that canceling the season was where this was going to go for over a year. Neither one of these guys has made a serious commitment to resolve the dispute with preserving the season as a priority. None of the players are actually in the driver’s seat when it comes to negations so all they can do is twitter their poor little hearts out about how this sucks. So now the dispute has deteriorated into something that, when/if it gets resolved, someone has to lose face and mutter uncle. And then there will be the little matter of lost revenue and who pays. And this approach is deemed superior to compromise prior to the season starting on time?

  • Marx

    Ain’y BG one of though dudes responsible for some this stuff. what has he done lately for his inflated contract

  • Marx

    those**

  • Cheryl

    Have the player and the NBA lost sight that without US THE FANS THERE WOULD BE NO NBA. A LOST FAN BASE = LOST REVENUE. Ya’ll listening? There’s actually talk now of a fan based boycott. As of now all they have done is add to the already overburdended unemployment rate, thousands are being layed off or fired because a group of men can’t come to a mutual decision.

    Ya’ll should be ashamed of yourselves.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    @ Marx – yeah, BG is responsible for accepting a fat check from a billionaire willing to give it to him…shame on him…people like you and I would certianly turn down millions of dollars because it desn’t seem like we deserve it…SMH

  • that dude

    “As of now all they have done is add to the already overburdended unemployment rate, thousands are being layed off or fired because a group of men can’t come to a mutual decision. Ya’ll should be ashamed of yourselves.”

    Sounds like the Congress!!! Just saying

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Wow, Ben, what a downer. Have a coke and a smile, dude.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    echoing Cheryl, but like that dude said, it’s for the congress. bunch of grown men behaving like little brats.

  • bull22

    i find it how amusing these guys talk tough and big, and yet they need the nba to make their living… i guess gordon knows he is not making that much of an impact on the team for him to feel any motivation to go back, so he does not care… i only feel for those players who really are satisfied with what they are getting paid but too scared to stand up to billy hunter… and i also feel bad for those genuine fans who love this game… all this nonsense that some of these players are talking is really hurting them and their sport…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Every player is happy with what they are being paid. That is why they don’t want a pay cut. What bison the table is pay cut. At a 50/50 split of BRI that means players would be 1.9 billion. That is an immediate pay cut of more than $200the million collectively.
    It also means the owners would now take home a total of $500 million more than players given the current revenue.
    Helluva coup.

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    Owners are trying to recoup money out of the players pockets all in the name of making it fair that every team can win a championship.. its retarded! Minnesota Lynx won the WNBA championship because theyve been kicking butt in the draftroom and it translates to on the court. And I’m pretty sure they’re in the same market as the T’Wolves.. that signed Garnett to the BIGGEST CONTRACT EVER. It’s not the market you play in.. its where you choose to spend money NBA GM’s have been SUCKING at evaluating talent and spending money wisely… THATS THE PROBLEM.

  • Justin

    Gametimeweezy…I don’t know this but is the CBA for the NBA and WNBA exactly the same? Is there a Larry Bird rule in the WNBA? It absolutely comes down to the market you play in and how wealthy your owners are.

  • Gogs

    They should should set up a page for all the fans that actually support the players in the face of the bully boy tactics. So the owners know where loyalties lie and take in to account fan views. I’m blameing the owners at this point they’re really just waiting on the players breaking.

  • balher

    at the end of the day whose responsible for offering players like ben gordon that type of money…the owners.so they’ve been screwing everyone over saying the player ask for too much. SO DON’T GIVE THEM SO DAMN MUCH IN THE FIRST PLACE!
    thank goodness theres college, the only injustices are institutions giving players no money at all.

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