Well, I had this sense of optimism. I was ready for some good news, and then the NBA and NBPA took a big metaphorical s#!% on the whole thing. Cool. I understand they are labor negotiations and sometimes you need to take hard stances in certain circumstances. Fine. Here's something I don't understand.
These players and owners wine about money money money. I want this, and I might let you have that. That money did belong to somebody at one point. The league and the players got that money somehow. Gee, I wonder where it came from?... Oh yeah, that's right. THAT MONEY CAME FROM YOUR LOYAL CUSTOMERS!!! THAT MONEY CAME FROM YOUR FANS!!! We are the ones that are going to suffer on this one because of greed. Ratings were up. Fan interest was up. And now both sides are going to piss it away.
These owners meet for hours on end with the players. Obviously both sides are looking out for their own interest. It's also blatantly obvious that both sides seem to have forgotten about their loyal customers, the fans. Where's our say in the matter? We are the very thing that makes your product successful, and now we are outsiders looking in. WTF!!!?
Someone needs to be there to remind them. I guarantee if you put some educated, die-hard fans in that room, the deal would get done much faster. We would play mediator that would ultimately fix this whole thing. Take four educated fans from each team and put them in the room with the NBPA and the league. Of course this will never happen, but in theory, I think it would work. Until then, F--- you David Stern. F--- you Adam Silver. F--- you Billy Hunter. F--- you Derek Fisher. And F--- anyone who's holding up the process by being selfish and greedy. Act like men, make it happen, and get back to f---ing work. Your loyal customers demand it. Assholes.