Wednesday , Aug , 24 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

LaMarcus Aldridge willing to Lose season for ‘fair deal’

"No," Aldridge said, when asked if there was reason for optimism. "Both sides are pretty (far) off right now. So it’s going to be a while."

Aldridge, who is the Blazers’ player representative in the NBA Player’s Union, said he does not expect the season to start on time but does believe there will be a season eventually. That said, he is prepared to sit out all of 2011-12 if necessary.

"If that’s what it takes to get a fair deal done, then yes," Aldridge said.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The lockout just became a little more complicated.

Most owners, as we know, have no issue sacrificing the season to get a Collective Bargaining Agreement that has a hard cap and a 50-50 split of Basketball Related Income.

Some players feel the same.

LaMarcus Aldridge, the talented power forward for the Portland Trail Blazers, recently declared that he was willing to sit the entire year to get a ‘fair deal’.

Thankfully, most players don’t share his view. Aldridge is a union rep’, so he has to spout the rhetoric. As a highly paid player, he has the resources to go several months without an income.

Most players making the mid-level exception and below will re-think their ‘stance’ and begin bargaining when they miss a pay cheque.

If the players don’t show flexibility, if they don’t step off Aldridge’s hard-line, then the season is slready lost.

–Oly Sandor.

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