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NBA Lockout Watch, Day 82: League, Union Hope To Hold Small Group Sessions This Week
Published September 20, 2011
LEGENDARY PERSPECTIVE: Basketball HOFer Bill Russell said of the lockout, "There is a great misunderstanding in the public on what the issues are, and both sides have a point. People think it's a battle over money. There is more to it than that. The thing about negotiations, though, is that to a true believer, compromise is retreat. So you have the element of saving face." Basketball HOFer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley said, "The system is broken and they've got to find a way to fix it. They've got to compromise. The small-market teams can't compete. We've got to find a way to fix that." Basketball HOFer Rick Barry said of the NBPA, "It's tragic, what's happening there. I really, truly don't understand what they're doing. How do you walk in when 22 of 30 teams are losing money, and ask for a five-year contract that takes the average salary from $5 to $7 million? That's unconscionable" (NEWSDAY, 9/20).