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Battle lines drawn, and there are three sides

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08:17 AM ET 09.23 | Many see the lockout as having two sides, though the landscape may be more complicated. Everyone knows this is [Billy Hunter's] final stand as executive director of the Players Association, and he ultimately won't have to live with the consequences of the agreement. He'll take his millions of dollars, and go, and that leaves some agents and players suspicious of his willingness to fight NBA commissioner David Stern and the hard-line owners to a determined, defiant end. "There's a lot of money and control at stake here," one NBA front-office executive said. "There will be a nasty fight at some point among the owners, the players and the agents. At some point, two of those three entities will square off and go to war."

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September 23, 2011  09:11 AM ET
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The season will be underway by December,

That right we need are Christmas Games .... LOL or HAHAHAHAHAHA

September 23, 2011  09:19 AM ET

That the Three Sides where the ...

1) Players ...
2) Large Market Owners ... who do not worry about Luxury TAX ....
3) small Market Owners ... who want Limits on Player Movement "Franchise TAG"

September 23, 2011  09:27 AM ET

there must be a season for the mavs 2 repeat!

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September 23, 2011  09:42 AM ET

Pardon me, but lest we forget that the owners created this logjam by, first, by creating a sad legacy of overpaying bums and also-rans, then initiating the lockout. The owners need to pay up, and then start exercising some measure of fiscal responsibility when signing players!!!

September 23, 2011  10:10 AM ET
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Pardon me, but lest we forget that the owners created this logjam by, first, by creating a sad legacy of overpaying bums and also-rans, then initiating the lockout. The owners need to pay up, and then start exercising some measure of fiscal responsibility when signing players!!!

bingo

September 23, 2011  10:16 AM ET

****, Bros?

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September 23, 2011  12:59 PM ET
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****, Bros?

Strange bedfellows, Bro.

September 23, 2011  02:14 PM ET

The three sides are playing a very dangerous and risky game of chicken. As Mr. Miyago once said: " fighting no good!! Somebody always gets hurt,"

September 23, 2011  02:58 PM ET
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Another poster who does not understand why the owners want a new CBA. Must be another player who has no clue of what is going on!

The more I listen to what each side is saying, the more I'm agreeing with the players (to a degree). The owners don't want to pay for dead weight but they keep agreeing to do so. Now they are saying to the players "Save us from ourselves!" I mean Drew Gooden got a $16M contract ... and he is NOWHERE near worth that. Did he hold a gun to an owner's head? No! That owner just didn't want him to go to another team (for some unkown reason).

September 23, 2011  03:00 PM ET

David Stern is a genius negotiator. Divide and conquer plus misdirection equals win!

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