Tuesday , Jul , 12 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Williams, Durant, and Bryant to keep busy if lockout prolonged

They took great exception to reports at the time in which team executives insinuated that they were replaceable. Most notably, in a CBSSports.com report, one anonymous executive was quoted as saying, "If [the players] don’t like the new max contracts, LeBron [James] can play football, where he will make less than the new max. [Dwyane] Wade can be a fashion model or whatever. They won’t make squat and no one will remember who they are in a few years."  Now comes the counterpunch, be it genuine or contrived.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is their response.

For years, the owners have had a take-it-or-leave-it approach to negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players.

To nobody’s surprise, there’s a lockout.

Rather than fold, the players are fighting back. Some, like Deron Williams, have signed to play in Europe. Some, like Kevin Durant, are playing in American streetball games –and giving us highlights, too. And some, like Kobe Bryant, will tour Asia.

Whatever the case, the players are keeping busy. And this means the lockout won’t be solved anytime soon.

–Oly Sandor.

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