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Saturday is the Time for the Players to Make a Deal

There are two possible meanings of the decertification rumors that have been leaked this week.

  • Either the players are getting desperate and therefore have made a desperate ploy to obtain some negotiating leverage
  • Or the players are dead serious about giving up a season for 2 percentage points of BRI
I very truly believe that the players are desperate and I do not think decertification is a real option for the players. I say this because there are 450 players currently in the NBA. Most of these players cannot afford, literally, to lose a season. In order for decertification to happen, there must be 30% of the union vote, or 135 players, to approve decertification. That means 4-5 players on each team would need to vote for this and logistically I do not think that is possible.  Can you name 4 people on Sacramento, Toronto or Charlotte who would miss a season over 2 points of BRI? I can’t. I think this is all smoking mirrors by the NBPA. If the players were thinking rationally about this lockout they would end it as soon as they can to salvage what they can. Unfortunately, we all know the players have been foolish. As I have continued to say, it is not about what is “fair” because the players will not get a “fair” deal. As my man Stephen A says “a fair is where they judge pigs”. The players will not get a fair deal. That is a fact and I think there is a great number of players who believe this but do not want to be seen as scabs and cross the hypothetical picket fence.
So what will happen on Saturday? I believe this is the time for the players to make a deal. I fear that if nothing good happens today this lockout could damn well go into January. It is a fact that the owners will only worsen their proposal the longer the lockout goes it. It begs the question of how much longer 50/50 will be on the table. I think if no deal is reached this weekend the deal will worsen to 47% and it will only go lower. Now is the time for the players to make a deal. There is no downside to making a deal for them. With a 50/50 split and the projected 4% annual growth of the league, the players will actually make more money then they were before because the pot of BRI is bigger. In year 4 of a 50/50 deal, the players would make 70 million more than they did last season. In year 5, they would make 150 million more. I think Derek Fisher realizes it is now or never which is why he has a rift with hard headed Billy Hunter who knows his job is in jeopardy if he does not get 52% for the players, which he won’t. Overall, Saturday could be a great day for the NBA or it could continue the seamlessly never-ending stretch of dark days that have plagued the league and its fans for the past 4 months.
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If You Don’t Understand Decertification, Read This Article

This is a great article written by Larry Coon of ESPN explaining Union decertification and what would happen in the event that decertification happens.

Here is the article

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Patrick Ewing Top 10 Plays

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Classic Knicks: The Hue Hollins Game

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I’ve been having Knicks/basketball withdrawals lately so I have been watching classic NBA games on youtube. This is maybe my favorite classic game is the 1994 semifinals game 5 between the Knicks and Bulls. The Knicks famously caught a break in this game on the Hue Hollins foul call on Scottie Pippen that resulted in a 87-86 Knicks victory.

The game is split into 15 parts on youtube. Part 1 is all messed up so I posted part 2 and you will be able to watch the whole game on there. Enjoy.

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How Funny is that Danilo Gallinari-Kim Kardashian Story?

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So apparently Kim Kardashian wanted to watch former Knick Danilo Gallinari take a sheet…

“Kardashian was so eager to land a basketball player, the site says, that she had producers at E!, the home of her reality shows, contact NBA teams about potential beaus. Sources say that producers at the network called the Knicks to find out if the team’s handsome Italian import, Gallinari, was single.

They asked if he would be interested in dating her and being on a reality show,” a source told the site. “Danilo said he would love to meet Kim but was not interested in dating her or being on a reality show … Even though E! explained it would be great for his career, Gallinari turned the offer down.”

Kardashian reportedly wanted a New York sports star to date to coincide with the debut of her series “Kourtney & Kim Take New York” in January. Apparently she settled on the Tri-State area and Nets player Humphries. The pair started dating in December 2010.” from the NY Post

So Kim wanted the Italian Stallion!! Do we need anymore proof that she is…you know? How do you feel if you are Kris Humphries? Actually knowing Kris Humphries he probably doesn’t even care.

Personally I don’t really care about this story. Everybody knows about Kim Kardashian and her plethora of high profile relationships and sex tapes. While she is very attractive, I think Gallo made the right choice here. Good for him to stay out of the whole media circus that comes along with any member of that Kardashian family. This story is just so funny. Way to go Kim. Once again you look like a total ass (no pun intended) and you will likely have an annulment on your hands.

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Will A Deal Be Done By Sunday?


Throughout these negotiations, I have firmly been optimistic every step along the way. That has been a mistake as the NBA has disappointed me every step of the way. Despite holding marathon meetings after marathon meetings, the NBA and its players have failed to come close to making a deal much less punching a deal across the goal line. They have gone three and out every drive for the past two years. Despite how poorly talks have gone, there is once again a great deal of optimism surrounding this weeks discussions. Once again I feel confident a deal will be struck soon but this time I feel more confident than ever.

I believe there is a 70% chance that a deal, in principle of course, will be struck by Sunday night. There are multiple reasons for my optimism on this.

  • When a deal in principle is reached, there will be a 30 day period in which free agency will begin, training camps will begin, the exhibition season will occur and the new CBA will be drafted and ratified. If the NBA is to squeeze in an 82 game season, they will need to have the season start in early December at the latest. If a deal in principle is reached by Sunday, October 30th, the season hypothetically could start December 1st. That would save the NBA’s trademark Christmas Day games and would allow the NBA to potentially fit in an 82 game season.
  • Multiple NBA stars have dropped out of the “World Tour” that was supposed to take place promoting the game all over the world. This was something the stars had their eyes set on and were excited for. What possible reasons would make them drop out? Maybe they know something we don’t. Maybe a deal is close.
  • I believe the players must by now realize that they have very little leverage in these negotiations as reality has begun to set in with them. Owners are willing to miss a season. Players need a season.
At the end of the day, the owners gain more leverage every day while the players lose theirs. The owners actually benefit and make money from this lockout. They cash in on TV deals (despite no broadcasted games), they do not have to pay the players and they do not have to pay arena workers. The players gain nothing from this lockout, they only lose millions (or billions depending on the length of the lockout) of dollars they will never get back, they lose time off of their careers and they lose their spotlight in the public eye. This is the time for the players to cut the best deal they will get and I believe that will happen this week.
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Report: NBA To Cancel Two More Weeks of Season

Frank Isola and Mitch Lawrence of the NYDN report that the first month of the season will be canceled on Tuesday. Already the first two weeks have been canceled and David Stern had said if no deal was reached next week that he felt the Christmas Day games would seriously be in jeopardy of being canceled. I think this is a good thing in this aspect: While it sucks that games are being missed, I think the more checks the players miss the closer they will come to folding. As I have said the whole time, the players will lose and they will fold at some point. It is just a matter of when. Last weeks talks really showed me that the owners are totally willing and able to play hardball and this move further indicates their willingness.

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Derrick Brown Working Out at Accelerate

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This is a great sign to see for Knick fans because I think Derrick Brown has got a ton of potential. You are talking about a guy who is a big small forward at 6’8 that has great athleticism. On our team where we are smaller in the paint, having tall wings (such as Shumpert, Fields, Melo, Shawne Williams) is important to giving us some size on defense. I think if Brown can get a consistent offensive game going, he can be a beast. I really like that he is improving his jump shot cause as a role player if he can score 8-10 points a game, that is huge boost for us. I really think the key to the Knicks in the future is our bench. Melo and Amar’e will score but if we can get 30-40 points a game from guys like Douglas, Shumpert, Williams and Brown then nobody should outscore us.

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Bryant Gumbel Crosses the Line with his David Stern Comments

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Tuesday night on his “Real Sports” HBO show, Bryant Gumbel made some egregious comments about NBA commissioner David Stern.

“Finally tonight, if the NBA lockout is going to be resolved any time soon, it seems likely to be done in spite of David Stern, not because of him. I say that because the NBA’s infamously egocentric commissioner seems more hell-bent lately on demeaning the players than resolving his game’s labor impasse.

How else to explain Stern’s rants in recent days? To any and everyone who’d listen, he has alternately knocked union leader Billy Hunter, said the players were getting inaccurate information, and started sounding chicken-little claims about what games might be lost if the players didn’t soon see things his way.

Stern’s version of what’s been going on behind closed doors has, of course, been disputed. But his efforts were typical of a commissioner, who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer treating NBA men as if they were his boys. It’s part of Stern’s M.O. Like his past self-serving edicts on dress code or the questioning of officials, his moves are intended to do little more than show how he’s the one keeping the hired hands in their place.

Some will, of course, cringe at that characterization, but Stern’s disdain for the players is as palpable and pathetic as his motives are transparent. Yes, the NBA’s business model is broken, but to fix it, maybe the league’s commissioner should concern himself most with a solution, and stop being part of the problem.”

While David Stern is an infamously egocentric commissioner, Gumbel was completely out of line by bringing race into his argument. Though out of line, Gumbel’s statement should not come of surprise to anybody as he has made such blasphemous comments in the past.

In February of 2006, Gumbel said about the Winter Olympics:

“So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention”

In August of 2006, Gumbel kept the trend going when he directed these comments about then NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to current NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell:

“Before he cleans out his office have Paul Tagliabue show you where he keeps Gene Upshaw’s leash. By making the docile head of the players union his personal pet, your predecessor has kept the peace without giving players the kind of guarantees other pros take for granted. Try to make sure no one competent ever replaces Upshaw on your watch.”

Now I have no bias against Bryant Gumbel, I think Real Sports is a great show and I enjoy lots of the investigative reporting done in that show. That being said, I have to completely disagree with this radical black apologist stance that Bryant Gumbel consistently takes. I respect everybody’s right to have an opinion but I think Gumbel crosses the line when he unnecessarily brings race into the conversation. While I am a fan of David Stern, I can see where Gumbel is coming from in terms of Stern’s egocentrics and his argument about Stern demeaning the players. However, Gumbel allows his radical racial opinions to cloud his vision when it comes to this lockout. It is not only David Stern demeaning the players. The players have put just as much effort into public relations as Stern has. And for the record, I listened to Stern speak last week when he was interviewed by both Darren Rovell and Mike Francesa and I would not necessarily say that Stern demeaned players. Stern told his side of the story as he would like the public to know it. Just as how the players have taken to twitter to try and show this image of solidarity and this illusion that they are victims of this lockout.

I believe the owners have made concessions. They have come off the hard cap. They have eased up on the BRI split. I believe the players are holding this agreement up with their unwillingness to give up money and change the system. What Gumbel fails to see is the other side of this lockout. He sees the players side but he does not see the owners side of the argument. Stern is trying to get the best deal for his owners. That is his job. That is what he is paid to do. He is no plantation owner. The NBA players are not being forced to take 5 million dollars a year. The NBA superstars are not being forced to take a BRI cut from 57 down to 53 or 50. Thats the whole reason we have this lockout is because the players have a 50/50 voice in this discussion.

Now how ridiculous is this “plantation owner” comment. Hell, if the NBA is a plantation and the players are slaves making an average of 5 million dollars a year, then sign me up. I would love to work on a plantation where I play basketball and make millions a year. How is David Stern trying to control “his boys”? By enforcing a dress code? People forget. The players are EMPLOYEES of the NBA. The players, while being the main attraction, do not run the NBA. If not for the owners, there would be NO NBA. How can you call the commissioner of the league a “plantation owner” when the league average salary is 5 million dollars a year. How can you call Stern a “plantation owner” when the league provides a forum for players to improve themselves on the court and off the court with community service opportunities and endorsement opportunities they would have otherwise not had? Gumbel is so wrong to bring race into this because race has nothing to do with this lockout. Stern isn’t lobbying for the white players to make 30 mil a year while the black players make minimum wage. Does Gumbel even realize that Stern works for the owners? If he was going to make this idiotic comment about somebody, he should have made it about the owners. Stern serves as their spokesman and fights for what they want.

Gumbel’s comments made me so angry because they are so untrue, out of line and unnecessary. There is no reason to bring race into this discussion. Nobody else has and probably nobody else will because there is no reason for it. Stern is no racist and he is no plantation owner. Just because he is fighting a PR battle with the union, and in my opinion is winning, that makes him a racist? Stern is doing what any person of power in a labor situation does. They fight for their side of the issue. In my opinion it is the players, such as Kevin Garnett that are holding up these discussions. I respect all people’s right to have their own opinions but when race is brought into it, that is when the line is crossed. Gumbel was flat out wrong in making racist statements about Commissioner Stern and I think there are few people that would debate that.

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Analysis of Charles Oakley’s Comments

 

This weekend at K1X in New York City, former Knick forward and fan favorite Charles Oakley introduced his new Vintage Oak Collection. In addition to showing off his clothing line, Oakley gave the media a few of his opinions on the Knicks:

On Stoudemire’s style of play: ”He’s good in his own way. He’s a West Coast player trying to translate to the East Coast. And the longer he plays in the East, the more his body’s gonna get damaged, because he’s got to take a beating now.”

On D’Antoni’s run-and-gun system: ”I don’t think [it can be successful], but that’s his coaching style. They knew when they signed him…When you go buy a Bentley, you know it’s not a Volkswagen. When they signed him, they knew what they were getting.”

On Thomas getting a gig with the Knicks: ”I don’t understand how he even got a job with management. He had nothing to do with the Knicks, then he talked bad about the Knicks…If I see him, he’d better turn around and go the other way.”

On the Knicks organization as a whole: ”[The Knicks] don’t want nothing to do with me. I don’t know why. I tried to deal with them on several occasions. I’m not gonna keep trying…They don’t like Patrick [Ewing], either. They won’t give Patrick a job, so I know they won’t give me a job…My door is always open to the Knicks. I tell them all the time. They said something about I told LeBron to go to Miami. I was like, ‘You all have to be one of the craziest organizations in the world.’”

Oakley on STAT. I am going to defend Oakley here. People are saying he ripped Amar’e Stoudemire. He did not rip Stoudemire, read what he said. Where in that does he rip Stoudemire. I agree with what he said and looking back on Oakley’s era of when he played, those comments make sense. Back when Oakley played, the eastern conference was filled with rough defensive teams. The Bucks of the 80′s, the Bad Boys Pistons, the Bulls, the Pacers with the Davis Brothers. Oakley’s Knicks were the epitome of the tough defensive team. The Western Conference had teams such as the Showtime Lakers and the Run TMC Warriors. While there were good defensive teams in the West, the Eastern Conference was a whole other game. Those Knicks-Bulls and Knicks-Pacers games in the 90′s were black and blue affairs. Oakley is saying that this eastern conference today with Miami, Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta and Boston (all great defensive teams) is a different game then playing the more run and gun style of the Western Conference. He did not tear into Stoudemire, he basically said Stoudemire must cope to the East Coast style of play. Stoudemire obviously can play, but the bigger concern is can he stay healthy? That is what Oakley was alluding to and I do not believe he was ripping Stoudemire.

Oakley on D’Antoni. Personally, I agree that the style D’Antoni ran in Phoenix will not be successful in the Eastern Conference. I do believe however that D’Antoni is a great enough coach to change his style and be successful. As we saw last season, the Knicks offense changed to a slower, half court pace after the Melo trade. Obviously a trade of that magnitude was going to force the team to adjust and adjustments take time. As we saw in the playoffs, in which we should have won both games 1 and 2, D’Antoni’s system can work. It can work. Had we not been injured, I believe we take that series to 6 or 7 games. Take LeBron and Bosh off of Miami and see how many playoff games they win. That is basically what the Knicks had to deal with. I think if D’Antoni was given a couple more bench guys and a center, he would be very successful in New York. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your stance, he may never get that chance.

Oakley on Isiah. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I completely agree with what he said. Isiah had no ties to New York and should never have even been involved with the organization. I think the Oakman preached to the choir for most Knick fans when he said “he better turn around and walk the other way”. I hate Isiah Thomas. Most Knick fans hate Isiah Thomas. Not only was he disastrous on the basketball side but with the whole sexual assault case he was disastrous for the reputation of the organization. He was a joke, a clown, a buffoon. I am glad Oakley said that because that is what all Knick fans have been thinking for years.

Oakley on the organization. Once again I agree with the Oakman. Allan Houston is a part of the front office, why have Oakley and Ewing (assistant coaches for the Bobcats and Magic respectively) never been considered for a job? Like this offseason when the Knicks were looking for a defensive coach. Under what circumstances do Oakley and Ewing not even warrant an interview? Who better to coach defense then two of the best defenders in the history of the league. It is not like they are just on the street and doing nothing. They are assistants in the league today! Clearly they have some coaching ability. Why not consider bringing them back to the garden, where they made defensive basketball the trademark image of the 90′s Knicks,  to coach defense. I am not saying the Knicks have to hire them but at least give them an opportunity to interview. How badly could it hurt? C’mon Dolan. Pay some respect to old Knick legends that helped globalize the Knicks. You have already done all you can to ruin this organization, why not do something to try and help it? Mike Woodson is a great guy and is a good guy for this job but would it kill you to at least take a look at Oakley and Ewing?

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