We spent about two years getting [the players] ready and we prepared them for the worst case scenario because I knew as I’ve indicated to you that the lockout was gonna occur two years ago. I can’t get away from the fact that David told me that they were going to lockout, that there were certain things they wanted and I said the only way you are going to get them is if you agree to and adopt an extended lockout. I think everything he’s done [has] convinced me that was their plan all along.
My mistake. I believed. Lesson No. 1 from this lockout: Don't believe what's being offered to you.
Truth be told, I’m certainly no Lee fan, but I’d assumed that Biedrins had to be the amnesty choice myself, without putting much thought in it. But now it’s time to put some thought into it.
And you know what? Now I think the best amnesty choice–if it also includes the salary-cap cleaning–would be Lee, and not Biedrins.
Every minute that the NBA keeps its players locked out, the greater the chance that someone else will step in and start profiting off of them. Sunday's Battle of I-95 between Baltimore's Melo League team (Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul) and Philadelphia's club (Kyle Lowry, Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams) went off beautifully, with SI.com providing the live stream and commentary from writer Chris Mannix, and with the gorgeous Palestra playing host. The NBA didn't have a thing to do with that game ... and it sold out a gym and had any number of eyes glued to it...If the NBA cancels the season, someone will step up and standardize the delivery and execution of these summer games.
Here is another plan that also leads to payroll equity: The NBA could force the high revenue teams to share more revenue with the low revenue teams. And if they also required that the low revenue teams spend this money on players, then we would also see more payroll equity in the NBA. This move could also be taken with the league still committing 57% of revenue to players. In other words, payroll equity doesn't necessarily require a pay cut for players...Unfortunately, we have seen little evidence that owners of teams like the Kings are meeting with owners of the Lakers.