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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at 6:16 pm  |  28 responses

Players Reject NBA Offer; Willing to Negotiate Tomorrow

With about 24 hours to go before David Stern’s drop-dead deadline, the NBPA and its players met and rejected the League’s latest offer. But despite the bad news, the players did hint that they’re aren’t too far way from an agreement and hope the Commissioner will meet with them tomorrow to close out the deal. From CBS Sports: “The NBPA and its player reps, as well as just players that wanted to be there, 43 total, met Tuesday in New York for a little more than three hours to discuss a myriad of issues including voting on the NBA’s proposed deal as well as presumably, decertification. Though Billy Hunter said there was “very little” discussion on the latter. And the message was clear: The deal the NBA proposed is still unacceptable. But it’s not too far off and could be something the players could work with if they got another bargaining session.”

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  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    That’s good PA, retain the position you’ve been in this whole time. It’s like the lockout starts over now, considering the owners are going back to their original proposal

  • Mburb321

    Players pretty much came out and said we’ll take 50% we just need you to fix luxury tax, and sign and trade. If Stern doesnt smack MJ and Paul Allen and bring this sh*it to an end hes an idiot!

  • Mburb321

    They keep re running it on NBA TV if you guys want to hear it

  • jdote

    “Negotiate” I believe. I’m mad I’ve seen the billy hunter and d fish duo more than bron and wade this fall. End the lockout

  • Mburb321

    Sterns response at 7:00

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Y’all see how Hunter clowned MJ?

  • Mburb321

    ^yeah and i think fisher was calling out barkley

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyd4NPvzKQg&feature=related MUBWAR

    MJ….oh my. fisher talks so well (guess that’s why he’s the players pres) all while trowing low blows.

  • Jeremy(Georgia Boy)

    “fisher talks so well”

    Comments Like That Get on my damn nerve.

    You must thought he was dumb or somehing?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The comments on that article were so insulting I can honestly draw only one conclusion about the “average” sports fan.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Either decertify or accept the deal. What makes Fisher and Hunter believe that the owners are willing to negotiate fairly? Stern already stated that the owners offer is going to be 47% during the next rounds of negotiations, so it’s beyond me why the NBPA believes those guys are bluffing.

  • O

    yo MUBWAR, you Jamaican? “Trowing low blows.” Sound like my man, Dread Blow. “I got tree cars, tree houses and tree million in cash back home, boyeee!” That’s my nucca. Got that bubblegum Hash that’ll put you on ya ass!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    LMAO^… Please figure out a deal. I’m serious this time!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    AllenP, what is that conclusion?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    I dont think the season will be saved, I tried to stay optimistic but these guys are being petty. If there is no progress in the next meeting, then I anticipate this being dragged out the whole season. The NBA would take there precious time and not get things done in a timely fashion, in oppose to the NFL and the NBA has more to lose if you ask me. smh

  • Wray

    I’m not optimistic. Stern and the owners will go at this even harder and/or the union will actually decertify, and we’ll be out a passtime for a year. I’ve pretty much said my goodbyes to this NBA season already. So damned unfortunate.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Read the comments on that CBS article and it will jump out at you.

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    Yep people are idiots.. I can’t wait for this deal to get signed tomorrow.

  • Joblo

    There goes the season, time to move on people…

  • MikeC.

    I watched the live press conference on NBATV. Before Fisher and Hunter started speaking, the mood in the room seemed jubilant. People were laughing. I was literally on the edge of my seat. I thought they were going to announce that they had reached an agreement on a new CBA and that the lockout was over. Then Derek Fisher started talking and my heart sank. My feelings feel like they feel hurt.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Maybe we can still have an 11 game season…

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    The players have done more than meet the owners halfway, so if a deal doesn’t get done at some point between now and 5pm EST, then the finger needs to be pointed directly at the commie hardline owners who continue to throw a monkey wrench into negotiations. THINK of all the publicly funded arenas not being filled…These commie hardline owners need to be named and SUED by their cities over money lost during their lockout. The players union has brought David Stern and the owners concession after concession to the table in hopes of getting a deal done to save the season and get everyone “back to work,” but it’s not good enough for the commie hardline owners who continue to strong arm the players and try to take away almost all of their freedoms with system changes. Today the 2011-12 season is on life support, and some of these billionaire babies are about to pull the plug and take their ball and go home, after all, they don’t need the NBA as much as the arena workers, vendors, parking lot attendants, fans, et al…They can “survive” a canceled season. Their plan all along was to “starve” everyone until they get the one-sided deal they want. SMH

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Right now I’m listening to that Redman jam “Time 4 Sum Aksion,” and I can’t help but really hear, “time for contraction.”

  • Justin

    Sued by their cities? Wow, that might be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard on this site. It’s not exactly one of the responsibilities of the owners to provide revenue for the restaurants and bars around the arena.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    ^^ Memphis Could Sue League, Grizzlies Over Money Lost To NBA Lockout. The city of Memphis is considering getting involved in the NBA OWNERS’ LOCKOUT OF THE PLAYERS. Memphis taxpayers stand to lose a lot of money if game revenue doesn’t come in to pay off the bonds used to build the FedExForum. Research is still being done, but early estimates indicate taxpayers could have to pay $18 million in bond payments if the entire season is cancelled. Currently the first two weeks have already been cancelled and NBA commissioner David Stern is threatening to cancel the rest of the games in 2011 if an agreement is not reached soon.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Is the city of Memphis stupid Justin, or are you just ignorant? I’m strongly leaning towards the latter.

  • bike

    Remember, nearly half the owners want the players to reject the current deal so they can crush them with the reset. The players are the only ones moving closer, not the owners. So players keep that brave face on when the owners paddle your behinds and send you guys on home.

  • dcom

    once you get past the first page the conclusion is pretty clear.

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