Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 10:54 am  |  56 responses

NBAers React to Cancellations

A tweetcap.

When the players of the National Basketball Association learned that their season had officially lost its first two weeks, they did as many across the world did: by hitting Twitter to release their frustration. Roll through the gallery above to check out exactly what they had to say about last night’s awful news, as some responded with anger, some with resentment, some with sadness, and some with, uh, positivity. We see you, Ron Ron.

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  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Players getting scared now??
    Players WILL blink.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com Off The Backboard

    Some of the younger players are so immature. STFU and say something of value other than “smfh”.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Ron Artest is insane…like literally insane.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Let’s just hope the owners don’t screw them over too badly when they do.

  • http://justinmaller.com Justin

    Wow… Artest… Wow…

    I love all these guys talking about “getting back to the game they love” as if they have no part in this situation. This is the result of negotiations between two parties falling through; fans are getting screwed, employees of related business are getting screwed, and the players are doing nothing but point fingers at the owners as if they are somehow not involved…

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Since Detroit, I’ve thought Artest was/is the biggest clown in NBA History.

  • http://slamonline.com Neitel#2

    what does SMHH means?

  • Yesse

    I see Ron, i mean Metta has been tweeting drunk again.

    I don’t see any reason for the players to panic, just go to europe if you have to.

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    Somebody is gonna have to give in….and soon.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Megatron

    hahah ron artest

  • bike

    Judging from the number of immature player comments, it’s pretty obvious many of them clueless about what is going on. Which won’t exactly solicit support from a fanbase that surely will become more furious as this thing drags on. Way to go boys.

  • LaLa

    aha dwade hates stern now

  • BiggieCohen

    Funny to see Wade and others worrying about the support employees hurt by this stoppage. If the players are truly worried they can write it in the CBA that the NBAPA will pay theses salaries going forward.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I laughed at Brandon Rush’s tweet.
    Hope for the players’ sake Derrick Fisher isn’t thinking the same thing.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    @Neitel#2, Shaking my homies head?
    And where are Gilbert’s tweets?
    Cosign everybody bout Ron Ron being crazy..

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Metta World Peace*

  • Heals

    Is “shakin’ my head” that much of a pain to type out if that’s all you’re going to tweet? It’s a damn shame that many heads on these comment sections have deeper thoughts about the lockout than those it directly impacts. It’s amazing, but it’s hard to read those tweets and not get the feeling many of them are totally surprised this happened (How that can be at this point is mind-boggling)…

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    So is the SLAM top 50 locked out as well now?

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Ron Ron is a caricature. Has been for a while now. Needs to get back on his meds.

  • Patrick

    Accept the 50/50 deal. Or for a long term solution, I suggested abolishing both unions (ie. players + owners). ..Move towards a system where any player can contract with any owner for whatever terms they both agree on it. It’d be all voluntary. No more salary caps, 19 age limit, mid-level exceptions, luxury taxes, support payments from richer owners to poorer ones.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    cosign Enig’s last comment, cmon now slam.


    Wow at some of those tweets by Metta World Peace. lol

  • Nigel

    Can someone please slap the hell out of Ron Artest?

  • Robert

    I just do not get it. Whether it is a 50/50 share or a 47/53 share of profits, we are still talking about a lot of money and more money then I will ever see in my life. The NBA has lost 1 fan in me. I know one fan is not going to make or break the league, but you are over paid for playing a kids game as most of us struggle to get by from month to month. Good riddance.

  • http://slamonline.com LA Huey

    @Patrick, that’d be interesting. Get rid of the draft as well and the small market teams would realize how good they once had it.

  • treetrunks

    cosign Robert; bunch of overpaid wankers if u ask me…

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

    These are just the tweets SLAM selected that were sent immediately after the news dropped. It doesn’t mean that the players mentioned here didn’t tweet something of substance afterwards. With that being said, Metta WorldPeace is nuts.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Quit hating on World Peace ya’ll.

  • Jake

    Let this be a lesson. Don’t sign players to bloated long term deals that run far past said players prime.

  • CubicleWorker

    It’s already starting; the division between players. The difference between the 53% and 50% is $120M. Every week lost represents $86M to the players. SO two weeks cancelled already makes them lose more than they were hoping to gain. The logic is totally backwards for the players. Even if they wait for a year, that doesn’t mean they’re going to get a deal over the next 6 years that even makes up for the loss of 1 season “smfh”.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Man, if you’re struggling to pay your rent, you should get to be in the top 1 percent of your profession.
    Then you’ll be able to sit at home arguing over millions of dollars…
    Simple logic.
    Or, you should be part of multi-billion dollar conglomerate so that you can tell all your workers to go home so you can make even more money.
    $53 million per team.
    The League owners took home a total of more than $1 billion dollars, AFTER PAYING ALL SALARY COSTS last year.
    If you average their take home after salary costs, each team had $53 million to pay all other related costs.
    Come on now.

  • http://Slamonline.com JTaylor21

    When they get a deal done I hope they show the heat’s practice just so I can see Lebron shirtless some more mmmm…..

  • ChipS

    everybody gettin on the players for saying how they feel….. what else is there to say? its not about being immature and I’m pretty sure they know more than any of us, we just get briefed half the time, and read articles that just assume what we know.

  • CubicleWorker

    Allenp, the first part of your post doesn’t make sense..

    As far as the second part of your post, post your reliable source for these numbers if not you have no leg to stand on

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Cubicle Worker
    Google NBA revenues 2010 -2011
    The numbers come straight from the League’s own press releases.
    The NBA made more than $3.8 million in revenue.
    Players were paid 57 percent of that.
    Owners got the rest.
    It’s simple, simple math. If you wanted the numbers, you would have found them by now.
    As for the first part of my post, it’s simple: The greater the demand for your supply, the higher price you can charge for your services. Becoming elite in your profession, which is what all NBA players are, means you can make more money. Which means you can afford to stay home and argue about protecting your millions.
    I understand that the world is hard, my world is hard, but becoming angry that your life is hard and somebody else’s is easy is jealously. Period. That’s what it boils down to.
    Basketball players are not obligated to take lowers salaries so I can watch basketball. Just like owners are not obligated to accept lower profits so I can watch basketball. Strangely, the people making the argument that players should shut up and play, aren’t telling owners they should shut up and own their teams?

  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/a-quick-guide-to-the-issues-of-the-nba-lockout/2011/10/11/gIQAon1ZbL_story.html Allenp

    But eff it, because I’m feeling generous you can now click on my name to get the story on the revenues.
    AS you will see, the League made $4.3 billion total last year, $3.8 billion of which was BRI.
    For those scoring at home, that means the players got 57 percent of $3.8 billion.
    However, in case you missed it, that means $500 MILLION WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE BRI (should have had that figure in my last blog post.)
    Yes folks, $500 million went DIRECTLY to the owners. The players got no part of it. Then, the remaining money was split between the players and owners, with the owners getting $1.6 billion.
    That means, all together, the owners earned about $2.1 billion, or about $60 million less than the players.
    And there are only 30 ownership groups.
    And 450 players.
    Stop bullsh*ttin yourselves people.

  • stayweird38

    JTaylor 21 get out of here you h0m0 HAHAHA queer

  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/a-quick-guide-to-the-issues-of-the-nba-lockout/2011/10/11/gIQAon1ZbL_story.html Allenp

    Oh my bad, I made a mistake.
    The players didn’t get $60 million more. They got like $2 million more. Carry on.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    actually, Allen, according the your math, the players made $32 million more.
    and not that i’m on the side of the owner, they do have more basketball related expense than the players. but then again, i remember reports of them not really showing all the financial data, probably through accounting tricks.

  • https://plus.google.com/photos/106403650426394352312/albums/posts davidR

    allen, revenues don’t really mean much at the end of the day. the bottom line does (what you actually make or lose AFTER expenses). what good is $500 million in revenue when expenses are $550 million?
    i’m not saying the players or owners are wrong. just that the actual, raw, financials need to be released so we can really figure out what’s going on with the money

  • http://SlamOnline.com Mars

    Like humble pie, oh my, this is really something. I’m not saying it’s right, but inna way we get to see the privilages of THESE athletes vs owners, or better put hungry vs greedy. You decide who’s on which side. We all love sports but entertainment is like that Lupe Fiasco song “the Cool”. Just Sayin

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com Off The Backboard

    “revenues don’t really mean much at the end of the day. the bottom line does (what you actually make or lose AFTER expenses). what good is $500 million in revenue when expenses are $550 million?”.

    This. Owners are still losing money, regardless of the non-BRI money they pull in. I’m sure it’s not as bad they claim, but losses are losses, and again, they just want a higher return on BRI to cover their expenses and justify the risk they are taking.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    NBA players take a pay cut!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    NBA players taking spelling and grammar lessons!!

  • http://360special.blogspot.com/ dev0

    the Ron Artest tweet near the end killed me. Everybody else so smh, Metta’s the only one making me smile in this mess

  • andy

    So will English lessons be included in the CBA?
    And Wade.. I like you but please do not complain about a lockout and lost revenue when your are flashing a Hublot watch in your display picture.

  • Jim

    its not gonna come down to the split, its gonna be a hard cap or nothing. if those 22 teams that are losing money can actually compete and draw fans, that would solve their monetary loses.

  • PMAC

    Does this mean Shawn Bradley posters until the Lockout is over??

  • T-Money

    Andy: but youre ok with billionaires crying over losses, right? And what is Pat Ewing’s beef? No one is stopping him from playing for the Reno Big Horns.

  • Jared

    Chuck Nevitt is next months poster. Props to the players who gave condolences to the trickle down effect this lockout is really having on everyone. (professional)
    I really don’t know if I can survive… no trades or free agents, preseason, but now they’re taking actual games away. Owners are truly at fault here. I really hope you guys have some sort of answer or suggestion as an article next month. A missed season could really ruin my celtics and leave them in shambles.

  • Yesse

    Afraid so, PMAC. I have seen all those dunks like a million times already and i’m getting sick of it, no disrespect to Shaq, T-Mac, Penny, Cuttino Mobley, Donyell Marshall, Yao Ming, Chris Webber, Robert Pack, Kevin Garnett, Ed O’Bannon, Keon Clark and every other dunker who has dunked on Shawn Bradley.

  • bature

    theplayerformallyknownasronartest is hilarious lol!

  • EJ

    Patrick Ewing Jr, you’re definitelly not gonna play once the season starts.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @Yesse – I’m pretty sure I dunked on Shawn back in the day. I know Allenp did.

  • Marx

    Metta need to cool out on the cali bud

  • http://www.conliber.wordpress.com Phil Caldwell