Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 4:13 pm  |  25 responses

Jamison: Players Prepared for Season-Long Lockout

by Sam Riches/ @sam_riches

As if things weren’t bad enough, Antawn Jamison poured a little more salt in our lockout induced wounds this morning. The 12-year veteran entered the League during the lockout shortened ’98-99 season and he notes that this time around the League’s players are much more cohesive and well informed, but that unity won’t necessarily translate into a labor solution.

From the Associated Press:

“Nearing the end of his career and due one of the largest salaries in the league next season – about $15 million – Jamison would have plenty to lose if next season is wiped out. But Jamison insists there’s unity from the rookie draft picks to the league’s stars.

‘You’ve got the LeBron Jameses and the Dwyane Wades and all those guys who are really taking a stand and being a face of this movement,’ Jamison said. ‘I think back then we really didn’t have the superstars that were together as the superstars are now. I think it’s making a difference.’

Jamison said the NBA Players Association is already setting up gyms around the country where players will be able to work out and get instruction and treatment. He said players are constantly getting updates from the union and there was a strong push that started ‘three or four years ago’ to get players to save money and prepare for the worst.


Jamison feels this labor dispute will be different, and insists players have the will to sit out an entire season instead of giving in to the owners’ demands of salary rollbacks and a hard salary cap.

‘I understand when they say they’re losing money and so forth. I get that,’ Jamison said. ‘We said we’d give a certain amount of that money back. But some owners have to take the onus on themselves because they put themselves in a situation where they’re overpaying for certain guys.

‘We both have to look in the mirror and say, `We both have to take responsibility for this.’”

There appears to be no foreseeable solution on the horizon, and while no one wants  the lockout to completely wipe out next season in its entirety, both the players and the owners appear to be willing to take that step in order to meet their demands.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I have a very bad feeling about this.

  • bike

    Jamison said this right after double checking with his accountant to make sure his assets are at the point where he can live happily ever after without basketball. Meanwhile, the really bads news is that four of the Cavalier Girls announced that they are now postponing their breast enhancement surgery.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    I like Jamison a lot and I understand his perspective. It’s interesting that it’s contracts like his that the owners are trying to avoid in the future. At one point in time he was woth the kind of money he’s getting, now that he’s older and gone through a series of injuries, his contract is just ‘bad’. It will be interesting to see how long contracts will be and if the gurantees are still made. I’d hate to see basketball deals become more like football where player renegotiate mid contract when the ‘overperform’, but I get the owner side too about ‘underperformers’. Somethings got to give here, just not sure who will bend first. My guess it’s the players.

  • @Deknowz

    Good bye basketball, I’ll miss you dearly my love.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    It’s not like Antawn wanted to play for Cleveland anyways.

  • http://vandelay-industries.org Art Vandelay

    Of course you players are prepared, Antawn! You, your teammates and all the other players in the L earn more money in ONE YEAR than most people will earn in their entire lives!

    Oh, and please don’t care about all those people also affected by this whole situation: I’m sure all the other employees around the NBA are in the same GREAT financial situation as you are. You certainly know who I am talking about: Those people in your team’s offices answering calls for you, that guy sitting at the wheel of your team’s bus, those guys handing you a towel during the games…

    Not that I want to defend the team owners, by the way! Because he’s right with one thing he said: There are WAY too many players who are overpaid!

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    ok F-U Antawn and the players

  • MikeC.

    This is like that old saying about the tree falling in the woods. If a Cavs season does or does not exist, does anyone notice?

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    How does the NBA draft work if there’s no preceding season? Because going into the 2012-13 season, we’d have more new blood in the league than ever. At least 10 players that could be true ROY candidates. If there’s no season and the draft order remains the same, all the lottery teams are going to come back pretty loaded with young talent. Twice as many free agents, twice as many trades. It’d be a nightmare, but we could come back with a pretty exciting season the following year.

  • http://www.youtube.com/tripledouble Triple Double

    That is a good question JE.

    Maybe every team would have lottery balls, not just the worst. But the worst teams would still have more balls, i.e, a greater percentage of getting a higher pick.

  • Doctor J

    The NHL lost an entire season due to the lockout. Interestingly enough the Owners made an offer at the beginning of the year which was rejected. At the end of the year the Owners made a worse offer which the players accepted. Basically all of their salaries were rolled back by approximately 30% with a hard salary cap in place. What we have here is billionaire Owners going head to head with millionaire Players. At the end of the day the Owners will win out. The way I look at it is that lets say you owned a strip club. People obviously do not go to the strip club to see the Owner. They go there to see the Performers. Basically the Performers want huge sums of money as well as profit sharing with no business risk. The Owners are taking all of the risk with basically no money guarantee. Players should appreciate that in the business world in order to make 15 million dollars per year you have to generate 150 million dollars with a 10% profit margin.

  • Groves

    i’m against voiding existing contracts, because i believe that when you sign or offer a contract you have to deal with the consequences however it goes. so the only points that should be in discussion are future contract components and league wide revenue allocations. i think a BRI percentage of more than 60% or less than 40% to the players is fair, any less or more is just stupid


    how dare you guys making jokes. I’m in tears right now. THE WHOLE SEASON.?.?

  • Marcus Beard Jr

    NOOOOOOO!!!!!! CMON MAN!!!!! Come to an agreement! All this after one of the best seasons in memory? For real? I will be greatly disapponited in all parties if we lose the WHOLE SEASON.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    “But some owners have to take the onus on themselves because they put themselves in a situation where they’re overpaying for certain guys.” That’s as good joke. Certain guys being overpaid like a… Jamison!! smh

  • Dagger

    Well obviously both sides are going to say that kind of thing right now. Obviously this is a game to see who blinks first. But let’s be honest, for Jamison a locked-out season would still be better than last season.

  • MikeC.

    What infuriates me about all of this is that the owners are crying poor because of the size and length of contracts with no underperformance clause. Eddy Curry comes to mind, which is a legit issue. However, nobody on any management team thought “Hey, Jamison might not be worth $15mil when he’s in his mid-30s.” That’s just stupid business. Why don’t more teams front-load the contracts so they pay the big bucks in the first few years when the player is worth it, the the annual pay decreass as the player gets older and his production decreases?

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max


  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher


  • All Day

    RIP…2011-2012 NBA season!!!

  • James

    Co-sign Doctor J . . . If enough teams are losing money as appears to be the case, the players are going to take a hit in this CBA.

    If they don’t like it, I recommend that they start a new league themselves. Most of us don’t have a union to negotiate our work conditions.

  • Jamaal87

    C’mon!!?? C’mon??!!




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  • ab40

    I only see players who make double digit millions talk like this. it’s nonsense and stupid. Split it