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NBA Lockout Watch, Day 11: Williams Thinks CBA Could Send Stars Overseas
Published July 11, 2011
NOT SO FAST: In N.Y., Fred Kerber noted some NBA players will go to Europe, "but that doesn't mean there are teams waiting with opens arms and checkbooks." Agent Mark Bartelstein said, "We're talking to a number of teams but it really is a case-by-case basis for individual players, where is he in his contract, where he is in his career." Agent Marc Cornstein, whose client Nenad Krstic signed a deal overseas, "does not foresee a long list of players flocking to foreign teams." Cornstein said, "I wouldn't say it's going to be an exodus, especially for the higher-end players. For starters, there are not enough overseas teams with the resources to afford a superstar of Deron Williams' caliber." Another agent said that his "main concern for any player who left to play for a foreign team would be regarding insurance" (N.Y. POST, 7/9). In Chicago, David Haugh wrote under the header, "Playing In Europe A Foolish Risk For NBA Stars." One agent "scoffed at the notion Williams was setting a trend other stars would follow," referring to Williams "as the exception, not the rule." Another agent "questioned whether the advice Williams was getting benefited the person as much as the player" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 7/9). Knicks F Amar'e Stoudemire on Saturday "put an end to any rumors that he would play basketball in Europe if the NBA's labor issues persist." Stoudemire on Twitter wrote, "Europe teams are calling, I think I'm going 2 stay here in the states" (N.Y. POST, 7/11). In Akron, Jason Lloyd writes, "Don’t expect too many stars to head overseas if this lockout extends to the regular season. There is simply too much money at stake in the NBA to risk injury elsewhere" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 7/11).
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OWNERS VS. OWNERS: In N.Y., Mitch Lawrence reported the NBA lockout "isn't just a fight between billionaire and millionaire owners and millionaire players," but also one that "pits small-market owners against their big-market counterparts." The owners' "central case to the lockout -- that 22 of the NBA's 30 teams are losing money and that players should have to take an annual $800 million pay cut to help stop the flow of red ink -- has shifted some of the spotlight to the league's underfinanced, if not out-dated, revenue-sharing plan, along with the growing disparity between big-market and small-market clubs." Owners remain "divided on a new revenue-sharing plan." NBA Commissioner David Stern has promised a "more robust" revenue-sharing model. But Lawrence noted "who puts in what and how the money is divided is still being worked out." One league source said, "Small-market owners are watching how it plays out very carefully." League sources indicated that the Knicks, Lakers and Bulls "don't like the idea of having to contribute more money." But in his league of "have and have-nots, Stern sees the need to take care of small-market teams, more than ever before." Stern said, "We're going full-speed ahead with revenue-sharing. There are certain issues that have to be vetted. There will be spirited debate. But everybody knows there is going to be much more robust sharing" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/10).
SPORTS GUY’S SOLUTION: GRANTLAND.com's Bill Simmons offers an extensive solution to the NBA lockout and wrote the lockout “will stretch into November, then December, with the players panicking a little more each day." Simmons: "By the end of January, the players will cave: You'll see a 50/50 BRI split, four-year deals (none longer), a slightly harder cap (thanks to the abolition of midlevel exceptions and Larry Bird rights), the end of the luxury tax and a 50-game season that blows just as much as the last lockout season did. Team Stern's concession will be a five-year deal through 2016, right when the NBA's television deal expires, preventing it from getting screwed if the league rakes in more TV money than anyone expects.” Simmons added, “David Stern will always be my favorite commissioner ever, but his lack of resourcefulness during these past few years has been somewhat appalling. He's starting to resemble Larry O'Brien. ... The league can't fix its small-picture issues unless it's addressing the big-picture ones, too. Can Stern even see that anymore?” (GRANTLAND.com, 7/8).
NEXT IN LINE? In Orlando, Brian Schmitz noted Bucks G and NBPA VP Keyon Dooling "would be a terrific choice to succeed" Lakers G Derek Fisher some day as NBPA President, but Dooling insists that he "doesn't have interest in the job." He said, "I don't have any plans to replace Derek Fisher." He jokingly added, "He might play longer than I will" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 7/10).