Monday , Feb , 16 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Shaq Doesn’t Foresee Another Lockout

It’s tough times for everybody. The NBA will just have to suck it up, too. But it is good to see that Stern and Billy Hunter, the Players’ Association executive director, are already talking about a new collective bargaining agreement, even with the current one scheduled to run for at least two more seasons.

"I don’t think you’ll see another work stoppage," said Shaq, who remembers the lockout-shortened season of 1998-99. "When it comes to labor issues, David Stern has always treated the players fairly."

Starting with Bryant, the current crop of superstars seems to grasp what’s going on in the real world.

"Certain nights I might feel like I just don’t have it," he said. "I might be a little sick. But I understand that there are people out there paying their hard-earned money to watch me play. It might their first time or their last time, so you have to perform. If you can walk, you can play."