Tired of all these feel-good, happy-time posts? Ready for something to totally bum you out all weekend? Try this on for size.
Yesterday, David Stern — on behalf of the NBA’s owners — informed everyone that the NBA would be seeking a $750 to $800 million reduction in total salaries around the league, just about 33 percent across the board. Or, even better, a couple of teams could be contracted. Super fun stuff, really.
But here’s the real cool part — NBA players union head honcho Billy Hunter had a chance to respond and he took it. From the Associated Press:
“The position expressed by the NBA today is regretful, since in February 2010, the players unequivocally rejected the owners’ proposal which called for a hard cap, a 40 percent rollback in player salaries, unlimited expense deductions and the elimination of guaranteed contracts,” Hunter said in a statement.
“The players and the union would prefer to work towards attaining a fair deal that addresses concerns raised by both sides and improves the game. But, if the owners maintain their position it will inevitably result in a lockout and the cancellation of part or all of the 2011-2012 season. The players and union will prepare accordingly.”
You guys didn’t really like the NBA, right? Good, because things are getting heated in this whole Collective Bargaining Agreement dispute and the head of the players is opening talking about canceling all or part of next season. Even if all this talk is really just bluster, it’s still awesome to hear that there might not be any NBA basketball a year from now. Really fun times.
On the bright side, if games are canceled, you’ll have a lot more time to finish that mockumentary about your men’s basketball league that you started writing with your friends. Gotta keep that glass half-full, you guys.