Honestly, I cannot say that anyone expected for the NBA union to emerge from their dark hidden place of contemplation and accept the owners’ most recent proposal. No one wanted their fear of rejection to be confirmed either.
Now, instead of being joyous in light of basketball’s return, fans must again sit and wait through stories that attempt to explain what the hell decertification truly means and why the players are subjecting us all to it.
David Falk, an agent to some nine or so players in the league, voiced his opinion of how the union should weigh the proposal and how they should go about rejecting it or accepting it.
“I think it would be a complete abdication of responsibility as agents for anyone to suggest that the players as a group shouldn’t vote on whatever the final proposal is,” said David Falk, a former agent for Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing.
Now it does not seem to matter either way, because there will potentially be filings for the union to decertify and this only speaks volumes to how: 1. The players do not trust the direction the union is taking them and 2. They are ready to go the distance with missing basketball games and there probably will not be a season.
This is something that none of us as fans wanted to see at the beginning of the week and something that will probably force more people away from the league when all the smoke clears. Fans do not care about the millions you are or are not getting. The longer into the season this lockout goes, the more college basketball and NFL grow faithful in their hearts.
The players may not understand this or they may and figure that the deal on the table is far too disrespectful to accept and just go on to play basketball. In any event, we are all left to pick sides and decide whether our loyalties lie with the players, the owners or just the game. If the game is the true answer to that question for more than a handful of thousands then the owners and the players have begun to screw themselves in worse ways than they know thus far.