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Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  19 responses

JJ Redick: NBA Players ‘Have Gotten Screwed’ By Owners


JJ Redick says that he’s ready to miss the entire season in order for NBA players to get a fair deal from ownership. So far, he feels the players are getting royally screwed. Per the Orlando Sentinel: “Redick is not just a sharpshooter on the basketball court, he is sharper than most when it comes to what is happening in the ongoing labor dispute. And to put it bluntly, he says, the players ‘have gotten screwed.’ He says he ‘would not take the deal that’s currently on the table.’ And he says he’ ready to ‘miss the year’ rather than sign a bad deal. Redick had some strong opinions about David Stern and the hard-line NBA owners when he was a guest on our Open Mike radio show Tuesday. One of those hard-line owners is reportedly Michael Jordan of the Charlotte Bobcats. When he played, Jordan felt the players deserved the brunt of the money, but now he feels the owners deserve a bigger share. The stance, Redick correctly pointed out, is ‘extremely hypocritical.’ Redick said it’s gotten personal and emotional and many players are upset with owners who are trying to crush the players at the negotiating table. ‘There was a time when I thought common sense and logic would prevail,’ Redick said, ‘but in the last week or so I think the tide has turned and there’s a lot of emotion involved. And when emotion is involved, it’s a huge wildcard. There are a lot of players that are very angry. We feel as a group we’ve given and given and conceded and conceded and we’ve got nothing in return. To use an analogy, the owners are essentially up by four touchdowns on us. And instead of running the clock out in the fourth quarter, they’re running trick plays and double reverses to run up the score and embarrass us.’”

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  • Justin

    I guess now he knows how the owners felt during the last negotiatons. As for the MJ change of heart, did it occur to anyone that he now sees what goes into being an owner from an everyday standpoint? I know he hasn’t come out and said “Maybe I was wrong last time” (I can see ego getting in the way there) but I promise you, if any of these players become an owner one day you’ll see them change their tunes as well.

  • Cizzo

    Oh wow… Jordan is under Reddick scrutony..JJ has a point but the reality of where Jordan stands as a owner is that he’s in the Game as a businessman now so He protecting is assest….Money is going to destroy the League…it’s actually depressing.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Thanks to the last cba he made enough to help him become an owner. Those who get contracts with the new cba will never make enough to become owners. That’s the real “tune” Justin.

  • arjae828

    Every post, same moot points. Are we sure Justin doesn’t work for the league’s PR department? Because the owners agreed to a bad deal (which none of them saw as bad at the time) the players should suffer? The owners lacked foresight. Correcting the system is one thing, but they’re trying to recoop losses from the previous CBA and that is NOT in good faith. Again, MJ has a crappy product in a crappy location. Don’t blame the players for that. Charlotte shouldn’t have a pro team. They didn’t support the Hornets and they won’t support the Bobcats. MJ could move to Seattle and turn a profit. He chooses to stay in Charlotte.

  • LA Huey

    Justin is using a lot of revisionist history here. Every iteration of the CBA, including the one that ended the ’99 lockout, the players have been viewed as having lost or gained nothing when the deal was made.

  • EtheKnickfan

    Uh oh JJ. To coin a phrase from WuTang…..Protect your neck, lest Darth Stern twitch his fingers and chokes the shit outta you.

  • bull22

    oh dont worry redick, you guys picked wrong year and wrong economy. ryan clark of the steelers put it best and said decertification will not help the nba, because the nfl owners were not losing money. your team was going no where to begin with so i see why the magic players are eager to take a year off.

  • NJ4Life

    Apparently JJ doesn’t know who Michael Jeffery Jordan is. That man wants to win EVERYTHING he’s ever been a part of, even if he’s played for both teams.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    When the last CBA was approved everybody thought the players got screwed.
    The owners LOCKED THEM OUT, and they lacked the money to fight and caved quickly.
    Which established maximum salaries, the rookie scale, and a whole host of owner friendly rules.
    Go back and read the stories from that time, EVERYBODY thought the players lost.
    Now, people are rewriting history to justify the owners’ claims that they are losing money, even though the players and the owners split the total revenue roughly 50/50.
    I swear, people are so easily fooled it’s not even funny.

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    Hmmmm JJ Redick from Duke is getting screwed… maybe a player the average fan can now relate to?

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Allenp with the truth!!!!!

  • Zack

    Charlotte not “deserving” an NBA team is blasphemy. It’s not the city’s fault that the organization is horrible at putting a team together.

  • http://www.forbes.com/sites/prishe/2011/11/09/likely-nba-labor-resolution-will-transfer-250-275-million-from-players-to-owners/2/ Allenp

    Reddick is right, click on my name for more info.

  • Heals

    Zack was it Blasphemy when the Hornets bounced? If anything Sea is more deserving than Cha (bigger market and more dedicated fan base). The players and better franchises shouldn’t be conceding as much as they are so that weak markets can go over .500 every couple years (usually because of overachieving draft picks that won’t get resigned) and then repeat their cycle of mediocrity all over again…

  • @DEKNOWZ

    Alot of these owners have basically ensured that NO ONE will wanna go play for them when this is all said and done.

  • LA Huey

    Nor is it the organization’s fault if they find a place to move the team where they can make a profit for the same underwhelming performance. If you want to put fandom over business, then a city “deserving” of a basketball team should support them even when they suck.

  • FL23

    How come no one has said anything about New Orleans who is own by the NBA?? No one has come forward to buy this teamn. Why can’t NBA cntract some of these teams especially New Orleans?

  • LA Huey

    ^Actually, the guy that missed out on the bid to buy the Warriors recently came to the league to purchase the Hornets. The league turned him down because he intended to move them and, for some inexplicable reason, the NBA is determined to keep them in New Orleans. As a Sonics fan, it infuriates me.

  • robb

    I like his football analogy.

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