After David Stern single handedly brought a dark cloud back over the NBA when he vetoed a trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, the teams (Laker/Rockets/Hornets) have been working frantically to put a deal together that they hoped would NOT be vetoed by the commissioner. But after hours of revising the deal, and supposedly resubmitting an offer to the League, the Lakers have had enough. It is being reported by ESPN’s Mark Stein that the Lakers have pulled out of the deal completely, instead, trading Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks, and receiving an 8.9mil dollar trade exception in return. Now the question becomes why would the Lakers trade their 6th man of the year to the team that swept them last year? One is the way Lamar Odom reacted to the trade, his literal crying and saying things like: “I don’t know what I’m suppose to do for the Lakers now”…not the right move. The other, its all out pursuit of Dwight Howard. Read the rest of this entry »
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Chris Paul could become a Laker this weekend. After Commissioner Stern vetoed the first trade, which would have sent Pau Gasol to the Rockets, Lamar Odom to the Hornets, along with Rockets Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, & Goran Dragic. Now I’m seeing that the Celtics have agreed to trade Jermaine Oneal to the Hornets (which he would actually become a Laker) to become a part of a package that the Lakers would send to Orlando in hopes of landing the 3 time Defensive Player of the year. I’m not sure what the Celtics would get back in return for him (tacos..lol). But seriously, I just want this deal to be done, because Lamar may not decide to recover from this, and I feel bad for Pau, but we all know this is part of the game.
The bottom line is this, Dwight Howard was pushing for a trade to New Jersey because the NBA nixed the Chris Paul trade. So it’s my belief that when he seen that, playing with Deron become his 2nd choice of pg’s to play with. But now that the trade is still possible, he got permission from Orlando to talk with the Lakers, (also the Mavs, & Nets), so we have to see what happens. But the truth is, I really don’t believe the Mavs have a true chance if they have to give up Jason Kidd, because Howard wants to play with an all-star caliber guard. Someone that can get him the ball in his comfortable spots. Chris Paul is definitely the one he would want to play with.
The Mavericks will sign Vince Carter to a 1yr deal, so I wonder will the Lakers take a look at Rip Hamilton, just to add depth to the roster? Because once the trades go down (if they go down) the bench will have to be revamped. Ah no sleep till the deal is done.
So I woke up, getting ready for work, check my messages and see that a deal has been made between the Laker/Rockets/Hornets where the Lakers would receive Chris Paul, Pau Gasol to the Rockets, and the Hornets would get Luis Scola, Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin & Goran Dragic. Honestly as a Laker fan, I didn’t know how to feel at first. When I seen Lamar’s name included in the trade, my heart sunk a bit. I know it’s a business, and getting Chris Paul, I knew we would have to give up 2 guys, but I just didn’t want it to be L.O. But as I got to work, and begin reading the tweets, and reports of the deal, I began to get excited. Just the thought of Chris and Kobe in that back-court and imagine the possibility. I’m telling all of my co-workers, the Lakers got Chris Paul. Then BOOM!!! Someone comes up to me and says: David stern vetoed the deal! Okay…Now what? Read the rest of this entry »
YES!!! The NBA & it’s players have reached a tentative agreement that will end the lockout. This NBA fan is absolutely grateful. Now my Lakers can get back to business. It’s not clear if this lockout will help my “older” team or hurt..but I can’t wait to see. Read the rest of this entry »
Hopefully the NBA lockout is coming to an end this weekend. According to David Stern, and Billy Hunter, a new deal could possibly be done, no later than Friday, as both sides have made progess, after meeting for over 22hrs, in the past 2 day. Check out what Yahoo Sports, Bill Mahoney is reporting. Read the rest of this entry »
This is just so sad to me. As a fan, you really don’t know what side to believe, all you know is that there is no basketball season in our foreseeable future. I can’t believe that my favorite sport is sitting here battling back and forth like this, with the fans having no voice at all in the talks, which are the most important factor that both sides have seemed to lost focus on. I hope they realize that the longer this issue goes on, the fans will be staging a lockout of their own, and the owners and players will see how it fills to play in front of NO ONE. Read the rest of this entry »
This is such a disappointment! As a fan this just makes me so upset. See I can’t speak on what’s “fair” for the players or the owners, but to me the fans are the one suffering the most. The reason being, when this thing is over, it’s us, the fans, that the NBA will be crying out too, to come to the games, buying merchandise etc. So what if the fans went into a lockout? A true boycott of the NBA for the same amount of time that they are locked out 4? As upset as I am, I’m apt to do it. What I want the entire league to know and understand, at the end of the day we hold a BIGGER POSITION than the owners and players, because neither will be made profitable if the fans leave.
Say what you want about Dennis Rodman, but the man has always been about business when it comes to stepping onto the NBA basketball court. The greatest (in my opinion) rebounder in the history of the game. He just knew where the ball was going. The highly flamboyount, yet loving, and kind guy once again wears his emotions on his sleeve, as he takes the podium to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, presented to him by none other than the greatest coach in NBA basketball history, Phil Jackson.
This is getting ridiculous! Honestly I don’t understand this, but I want it over, so we can get back to the game. With 1000’s out of work from more menial jobs, we are about to see the dreams of future ballers on hold, future hall of famers getting older(opportunity slipping away), and fans becoming more irate. Now the NBA is suing the players? Peep the story!
NEW YORK — With locked-out NBA players threatening to file an antitrust lawsuit, the league beat them to court.
The league filed two legal claims on Tuesday against the NBA Players Association, an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board and a lawsuit in federal district court in New York.
The NBA owners have locked out the players and are now taking the labor battle to court. ESPN.com Topics keeps you up to date with all the latest on the NBA’s ongoing labor negotiations. Topics Page »
The NBA accused the players of being uncooperative in negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement by making “more than two dozen” threats to dissolve their union and sue the league under antitrust laws in order to secure more favorable terms in a new CBA.
NFL players decertified their union earlier this year, though they ultimately resolved a 4½-month labor dispute with owners of the pro football league.
Players’ attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who also represented the NFL players, was named in the NBA’s lawsuit for his use of what the league called an “impermissible pressure tactic” that has had a “direct, immediate and harmful” effect on CBA talks.
“For the parties to reach agreement on a new CBA, the union must commit to the collective bargaining process fully and in good faith,” NBA deputy commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Adam Silver said in a statement released by the league.
Billy Hunter, execution director of the players’ union, said “the litigation tactics of the NBA today are just another example of their bad faith bargaining and we will seek the complete dismissal of the actions as they are totally without merit.”
After a labor meeting in New York on Monday, the first session since the lockout began July 1 that included commissioner David Stern as well as leaders from both the owners and the players, a downcast Stern said the sides were “at the same place” as they were a month ago in the hours before the old deal ran out.
Owners are seeking significant changes to the league’s salary structure, claiming $300 million in losses last season and hundreds of millions more in each year of the previous CBA, which was ratified in 2005. Players have acknowledged the losses but disputed the size, and they’ve balked at the league’s push for a hard salary cap and reduction in salaries and maximum contract lengths.
The NBA’s lawsuit is essentially preventative legal medicine.
It seeks a declaration from the court that the lockout does not violate antitrust laws, in case the union breaks up to file an antitrust lawsuit. It also cites legal backing for the lockout itself, invoking Depression-era legislation known as the Norris-LaGuardia Act designed to prevent court intervention in a labor dispute.
Finally, the league’s lawsuit also makes an attempt to secure support for virtually apocalyptic salary reform should the union dissolve. The NBA asked the court to declare that such a decertification would in turn void all existing player contracts, because they’re guided by the union’s involvement in the old CBA. Without a union and a collective bargaining relationship, the league argued, the terms and conditions of those previously negotiated contracts would not apply.
“The NBA Players Association has not made any decision to disclaim its role as the collective bargaining representative of the players and has been engaged in good faith bargaining with the NBA for over two years,” Hunter said in Tuesday’s statement. “We urge the NBA to engage with us at the bargaining table and to use more productively the short time we have left before the 2011-12 season is seriously jeopardized.”