Thursday, October 20th, 2011 at 11:43 pm  |  45 responses

NBAers React to Lockout News

A tweetcap.

Thursday night, as meetings between the NBA owners and players ended, word broke that nothing positive—at all—had resulted from the talks, and that the two sides were still as far apart as they ever had been in the past. Just as many fans did, players didn’t waste time before hitting Twitter with their thoughts, venting about trying (and failing) to make a deal and what the ramifications would be for all involved. Roll through the gallery above to see how your favorite NBAers responded to the awful news.

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  • PG

    “stern thuggin lowkey” LOL

  • O

    I’m 100% behind the players. They MAKE the NBA what it is. Owners drive they money wrong and overpay for average players. But at the end of the day, the players are gonna have to give in more than the owners will because they owners OWN the product itself. This sucks, man. I understand the principality behind this, but it’s looking like a battle that the players won’t win and will have to cave sooner or later. SMH…

  • Jer Dawg

    NBPA is doing right thing by fighting back. dropping BRI, shortening length of contracts, and good PR by players. More than ever now, better guys are flooding NBA. Guys that respect the game. They do lots of the work and have short careers. Owners are two faced pricks!
    I hope Team Jordan guys like, CP3, Melo, and Wade drops their Jordan sponsorships and go elsewhere. But, money talks and Jordan is still NBA owner trying to pull a fast one on the players. Hope they reconsider.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    So the players are willing to lower their BRI from 57% all the way down to 52.5% and the owners aren’t satisfied. Also all this talk about a salary cap increasing competitive balance is BS, the Bulls (yes, the same team that had the best record last season) were in the bottom 5 with regards to payroll, so despite all the talk about how only the good teams are at the top of the payroll scale, it goes to show that knowing how to draft the right players (Rose, Noah, Deng, Gibson) is the key to winning. The problem is that bad teams like the Jazz, Cavs, Warriors, Pistons and Raptors are either spending too much money are guys that have never shown the ability to lead a team (AJefferson/AK47/OkurJamison/BDiddy/Ellis/DLee/BGordon/Bargnani/Calderon) or are past their prime (RHamiliton/VCarter/RLewis) or teams like the Wizards, Kings and Wolves are tanking seasons in hopes of getting a top draft pick. So why the owners insist on getting back all those “300mill” (even though the NBA refuses to open up its books) they claim to have lost out of the player’s pockets baffles me when they are the ones that caused this mess in the first place. They should be the ones begging the players for a deal instead of the other way around.

  • Yesse

    Metta should stop tweeting.

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    Its all a disgusting sham, the owners been waiting for years to push a deal that they feel will satisfy their agenda (pockets). Its their way or the highway… and they are playing HARDBALL.

  • Justin

    Yes Wade, it is sad that you guys don’t try and hide your greed

  • fish sticks

    There is one glaring mistake made by both the players and the owners. They both believe that the fans will stand behind them and will not go anywhere. But the casual fan isnt sitting there thinking “man, i dob’t care if they cancel a season, as long as x (players or owners) get a better deal”. Their saying f*** it, i just wanna see basketball. Aand when they don’t they’re gonna move on to other sports. There goes the nba

  • http://myworld.ebay.com/the_game_is_a_foot Sherlock Foams

    Where’s the AND 1 mixtape tour when you need one?…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Everyone needs to read what Nazr Mohammed’s saying, the guy is speaking the truth, the whole truth and not but the truth.

  • Jeremy

    Thanke You Nazr Mohammed and Anthony Tolliver For keepin it 100

    Everybody on here watch how Bull22 leave a subliminal message just like the coward he is

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    Yesse, stop. he’s right. everyone forgot dallas won. sucks for them. same thing in the NFL. no one talked about green bay all offseason

  • Yesse

    I am very aware of the fact, who won the championship in 2011 finals.

  • Clockwork

    Seriously, as a die-hard fan all I can say is that the NBA can go f**k itself.

  • Niyagirlfresh

    Oh well I hope they know everybody losing money because no one is willing to scarifice money (well the NBA players are trying). A lot of the newer NBA fans they gained they’re already losing them because they don’t have anythig to piggy back off of since canceling the season. What about the rookies who were looking forward to their new contracts?

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    co-sign clockwork. The players are pissing me off, they talk about “love of the game” and their “short careers” but people in Australian professional leagues get paid $1 million if they are superstars and don’t complain. It’s getting to the point where it feels like the NBA might never come back, and if it does there’ll be so much distrust and animosity between owners and players that the system will be screwed anyways. End the madness, end the lockout.

  • William

    omphalos the nbl salary cap is $1 million top players get $175,000. If I were the players I would be pissed off because they are being ripped off, why should they cave to the owners. If I were the owners I would probably being doing the same thing, they have all the power and leverage and will wait until the players fold which unfortunately may take a while. The real losers are the employees and the fans but honestly if you’re a die hard nba fan, you will continue supporting the league no matter what and the owners are banking on that.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Nazr is an eloquent guy, eh?
    Wish ‘Quis’ would have stayed lost for words instead of tweeting that rubbish.

  • Edilvia

    I can not stand that fact that the players think it is not their fault. This situation is their fault just as much as the owners. AND I don’t want to hear them all say they are sorry for the fans and all the people affected, BULLSHARK. DO SOMETHING! Any progress made with Mediator Cohen? NO. Just keep wasting time, all this fighting about money.. There will be no money to fight about once the NBA is non-existent. VERY ANGRY and i’m not a casual fan.

  • MIGZ

    why dont they just get over with it and say theres no season its messed up that these greety a** owners are letting there money get in the way of something that shouldn’t matter but bring back what matters most and that’s for the love of basketball.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Pretty impressive tweets by the players. Glad we ran this.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Gee….I wonder who the bitter ex is? F*ck Gilbert, the Cavs and that God-awful city. Everyone that bit*hed about Bron leaving last year and supported Gilbert and his comic sans outburst? This is partly on you, Gilbert and the rest of the ignorant haters. Don’t want to see players on the come up and NOW you support them and can’t stand the owners? You should have took that stance last summer when a dude made a business decision and you all acted like he fuc*ed your sister. No pity here.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Tis the wrath of the White Hot one :-)

  • mj23

    I could care less about the NBA. I’m enjoying the NFL season, the World Series and I am looking forward to college basketball. College basketball is much more pure, none of the greed and marketing of the NBA. I hope the season is canceled.

  • Fat Lever

    We might elect a new president before we see professional hoops played here in the US. And as a hardcore bball junkie, could care less. The NBA scr*wed themselves with this lockout. Both sides are greedy, but the NBA financial business model is broken, the owners are trying to fix it the best they can, but the players know they’ve had it great for years and don’t want to give that up. Who is the greedier of the greedy?

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    Yeah, college basketball isn’t greedy at all! There definitely is no money to be made on that sport. Are you F$%*#@! insane? College basketball is much more manipulative, much more greedy and far more corrupt than the NBA. Marketing? Yeah, I’m sure the NCAA tourney growing in number of teams year after year has nothing to do with money or marketing. Hey, but you spelled canceled correctly so you got that going for you.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Hahaha, NCAA ball is ‘pure’.
    Good one. (i understand Nic F. going off on Mj there, that statement was quite off)

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    I think none of us Slam readers has asked the most important question yet:
    What is Harris Pub gonna do about our fav magazine if those dolts can’t reach an agreement?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Tolliver is right about Bill Simmons in case you were wondering…
    He doesn’t believe you can read between the lines.

  • Fat Lever

    Dark, maybe a woman’s bball magazine called LAY-UP?? Just kidding! I don’t do smiley faces, but if I did, I’d put one at the end of that sentence.

  • bike

    I would be interested in knowing what the coaches think about all this. Notice how they have kept muum…really would like to hear what Phil Jackson thinks about this…you know he has an angle that no one else has.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Fat Lever
    I respect you as a commenter. So tell me why you’re convinced the financial model is broken.
    Because, none of the general public has seen the books. None of us. People are taking Stern’s words on faith.
    This is the same guy who said Donaghy was a rogue agent! Come on now.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    ^Damn DArk? YOu had to go there?

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Fat Lever: you thought print was a dying medium BEFORE ‘Lay up’? Yikes.
    Sorry Albert, just wondering.

  • Fat Lever

    Allen, you bring up a valid point, what’s to be believed by either side, when they’re just posturing for pity from the public(alliteration notwithstanding)? I can only speak from my perspective on the whole deal, as incomplete as it is. But when the league has to run a team like NO because it is so in the red, that is a major problem, not just financially but from a separation of duties perspective. Granted, the owners/GM’s play a major part in the failure of the system by shelling out and approving these ridiculous deals, but I think some of the suggestions they are asking for will reduce the likelihood that we have contracts like Rashard Lewis that inevitably doom a franchise for years on end. The fact is that the players have had it great for years, and now it’s time to build a sustainable financial model.

  • hillbilly

    Big Nazr droppin’ science! Shoutout to one of my favorite Wildcats, ever. Throw it down on Twitter, big man. Throwwww it dowwwwwn!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The difference between you and I is that I believe owners AND players have had it great. I remember the reserve clause. I know about collusion and the contracts cats like Pippen, Jordan and Magic once signed.
    I know that NBA revenues have grown every year for the past 16.
    Furthermore I know thatNBA more than half the owners have been reaping the benefits of being an owner for 15 years and 20the percent of them have been enjoying those benefits for am average of 26 years.
    The system is only broken if owners truly cannot turn a profit with players receiving 53 percent of the BRI which is roughly 47 percent of all revenue.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I want to see some hard evidence of how profits are distributed before I believe anything.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    This lockout will likey never be ‘settled’, instead I think it’s just a matter of who ‘caves’ first. Most likely that’s going to be the players. My guess is that the average to lower paid players, maybe up to the 7-8 million a year mark are going to be the first ones to put a lot of pressure to ‘settle’. These are the guys that have the shortest overall careers and least likely to have long-term guranteed deals. The Super/star players are the ones that will likely lose the most out of this as they generally have the longest careers and contracts. My pure guess is that if there was a secret vote by every player in the league right now, they would take the 50/50 deal. However, like the republicans and democrats, it’s the relative few/elite positioned players interest that are the primary points of contention that will slow progress towards a resolution that’s most beneficial for the masses.

  • Fat Lever

    I think there’s a whole bunch of information that the general public has no idea of, that’s why I could be completely wrong and look like a total @$$, but then again, it wouldn’t be the first time.

  • LA Huey

    “But when the league has to run a team like NO because it is so in the red, that is a major problem, not just financially but from a separation of duties perspective.”
    Well, they could have moved them out of there to a place like OKC. And then they wouldn’t have to shaft another city that had been supporting their team for about 40 years.

  • http://slamonline.com Sergio

    Bring back the ABA.

  • Van City BBall

    pic 35 Jamal Crawford is totally right! at one point i was actually agreeing a lil bit with the owners, but some of these tweets really opened my eyes (especially jcrawford pic.35)

  • Exile

    Kinda time for some tough questions then isn’t it? I support the “fixing” of the system, but the owners cannot expect immediate results. In the end, this will simply make players realize that there are far more options than the NBA, and we will see players not only being a free agent in the league, but also globally. As long as all are aware of the future they are building… Then so be it. But lets get on with this.

  • King David

    LOL at Ron Artest HAHAHAHAHA