As you know the NBA has announced it will miss the first 2 weeks of what could be a non-existent NBA season. The public out-cry amongst NBA fans has taken the internet by storm over the last 24 hours. Twitter, Facebook , Blogs, ESPN, and everywhere in between. Popular opinion is the players are being greedy and need to accept what the owners are offering and get on with doing what they do. Entertain us.
I am not one of those fans.
If you follow me on twitter, you know I am quite the opinionated person and have no buffer when it comes to expressing exactly what I am thinking, seeing or feeling publically.
I personally salute the NBA players, Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter. It makes me feel proud to see the players stand united for what they believe in. Could they settle now and continue to make millions, even if it might be millions less than what they make? Sure. Would any of us jump at the opportunity to make millions by playing a game we love? Sure. But guess what, we are not NBA caliber athletes. So stop putting yourself in their shoes. Stop comparing your life to the life of a professional athlete. If you drive a bus, work in an office, work in education, law enforcement, or the automotive industry like myself. You earn exactly what that position pays. I am sick and tired of hearing “I bust my ass from 9 to 5 every day for my paycheck while these NBA players make millions! “ You know what? Cry me a river. Nobody told you to become whatever it is you do if you are not happy with what you’re doing or what your making. Go do something else!
The NBA has been on a historic run over the last few years. Ratings for the Finals were as high as they ever been. The game is international now. People tuning in from all over the world. The image has recovered from the Portland Jailblazers era. The league is in as good of a position as it has ever been. But yet the owners want to pay less to the players who made the league? That does not add up. Not to me and not to the players. Are teams losing money? Sure they are. But that is not the players fault. Rashard Lewis did not demand that retarded contract he got. It was given to him. By who? By the owners and or the staff they hired. That is their fault. Not the players. You want to be profitable as a team? Be a smart owner. You need not look any further than the likes of Mark Cuban and what he did in Dallas since he took over. Teams can make money in this league, if they are operated right. The problem is owners do not want to hold themselves accountable based on the decisions they made. They want to paint the picture as if they are being held hostage by the players. Nope. They just are not making the right decisions regarding their own teams.
I am also perplexed at the so-called fans who loves their favorite players, wears their jerseys, buys their sneakers but now is disgusted with that player because he is not willing to “entertain” that fan for less than what he is worth. So help me understand the logic, please. If he is on the court, making plays, entertaining you. That’s ok. The minute that same athlete decides to stand up for WHAT HE BELIEVES IN with HIS CO-WORKERS, he is a villain. What part of the game is this? Someone explain it to me. Now it is dishonorable to stand up for what you believe in? Really? Thank god Muhammad Ali did not listen to the public when he decided to take a stand for what he believed in during the Vietnam War.
This is a players league. Always has been, always will be. Lockout or not. David Stern can paint himself to be this bigger than life commissioner all he wants but at the end of the day I never seen anyone walking down the street with a David Stern jersey on their body. He is nothing more than a Human Resource Manager/Marketing Agent for the NBA.
I made the point yesterday that fans asking players to just accept the deal just because is like asking Rosa Parks to sit in the back of the bus and be quiet because at least she was allowed on the bus.
I rather see the bus set on fire before I ask Rosa Parks to sit in the back, ever.
Same thing can happen to this league before I would ask the players to compromise.
I am truly a fan of the game and the players.
What type of fan are you?