Monday , Nov , 14 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

No Deal: NBA Players reject Owners’ offer, will decertify union

The NBA players rejected the league’s latest offer Monday and have begun the process to disband the union. The decision likely jeopardizes the 2011-12 NBA season. "We’re prepared to file this antitrust action against the NBA," union executive director Billy Hunter said. "That’s the best situation where players can get their due process."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The worst case scenario has become reality.

The players have rejected the owners’ recent proposal and will immediately seek to decertify the union. For good measure, they’ve filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the owners.

Well, what does this mean?

This lockout just got real. Ten to twenty missed games suddenly seems like the best case scenario and there’s a distinct possibility Commissioner David Stern cancels the entire 2012 season.

Yes, the entire season. All 82 regular season games. The playoffs. Everything. Done. Perhaps they’ll be training camp in October, 2012.

Meanwhile, the players will use the courts to get their ‘due process’. This, of course, is hard for an Average Joe struggling in today’s economy to swallow.

Finally, what’s left of the NBA when players and owners finally settle on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and want to play?

Even the most die-hard of fans will have turned to other hobbies, pastimes, and endeavours to fill the time. There’s no guarantee they forgive and forget. There’s no guarantee they come back. Ever.

The league, as a whole, has taken a massive step backwards. Whatever gains players and owners think they’ll get from a new CBA will have been mitigated by their inability to compromise on a deal today.

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