This is going to be a mess. I think that was my first thought when I saw that the players union rejected the owners’ most recent offer. I’m sure you’ve been following what’s going on so I wont recap it here, but, to sum it up, it’s bad.
Here are some things to mull over while we wait for the court battles. Why didn’t the union have the players vote on the deal? Were they afraid that it would get approved? Or was it due to a more tactical reason? Henry Abbot over at Truehoop digs into it a little more.
Just 2 be clear I trust my reps. If they say the deal wasnt in OUR best interest then Im with them. I just wish this was over! I wanna play!
Ewing Jr is an interesting example. Here is a guy who has played most of his career in the D-League. He isn’t a millionaire; he doesn’t have an eight figure contract. He should want to take the owners’ deal so he wont miss any paychecks. This is why David Stern and many people in the media (twitterverse?) thought a deal would get approved if the union brought it to a vote. But here is a player almost blindly agreeing with the union reps. It seems to turn that concept around. Except that his father is millionaire and NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing. Ewing Jr. doesn’t need to worry about money. If things get tight I’m sure his dad will help him out. I love Ewing Jr. I’m very glad he is on the Hornets. But you can’t use him as an example for why the union was right for not bringing the offer up for a vote.
And how will the affect the Hornets? In the long run this will probably be better. A hard cap and a better way to retain free agents would certainly be advantageous for the Hornets. But in the meantime, what is the current effect on New Orleans? We’ll find out soon.
Wednesday, I’ll have a post up for us to figure out what we want to talk about while the lockout heads to court. See you all then.