Dennis Rodman thinks players should ‘bow down’ to owners
As is his custom, the flamboyant Rodman didn’t leave quietly suggesting to reporters, when asked about the current NBA lockout, that NBA players should just take whatever the owners offer and get back to work. “I just think that … the players should bow down,” Rodman said. “They should bow down. In 1999 we (were locked out) and we missed half the season. The owners bowed down then. They gave the players everything. I think the players should do the same thing for the owners because today most of these teams are losing money. It’s not the players’ fault. It’s the owners’ fault. I think they should give a little bit and move on.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Sorry Dennis Rodman. They won’t do it.
The players are not going to ‘bow down’ in this labour dispute with owners and make even greater concessions with respect to Basketball Related Income and the now infamous ’system issues’.
For now, they seem united. For now, they seem to be sticking together. And for now, there’s no caving.
1) The players knew a work stoppage of some magnitude was coming, and it would be serious enough to put them out of work for months.
So they got prepared. The union and agents encouraged the players to save money and defer salaries.
There’s no sympathy for a player who is short of cash. They should have been prepared.
2) This dispute has gotten personal for the players. They have too much invested to ‘bow down’ and take a public beating.
Consider their lead negotiator, Billy Hunter. This dispute will define his legacy, so he can’t ‘bow down’ and take one on the chin.
Not now. And maybe not in a few months, either.
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