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Are NBA players still unified?

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08:30 AM ET 10.15 | JaVale McGee was the first player to exit Friday's players association meeting, leaving early to attend another engagement. He spoke to reporters very briefly, but did a considerable amount of damage in such a short period of time. "There's definitely some guys in there saying that they're ready to fold, but the majority are willing to stand strong," McGee said. He would later tweet that he didn't make the comment, but a number of outlets released audio that proved otherwise. Sources close to the NBPA immediately denied McGee's claim and poked holes in his credibility. After the meeting ended, Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter were asked about McGee's statement and continued to discredit him.

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October 15, 2011  08:39 AM ET

They will be 100% unified until the players living paycheck to paycheck can't afford to be unified any longer!

October 15, 2011  08:39 AM ET

It's Over, Bros.

October 15, 2011  09:05 AM ET

Even rich basketball players need an income. The loss of income leads to a lack of unity.

October 15, 2011  09:26 AM ET

The owners should come back with a non-negotiable 49% and drop it by 1% each week to make up for lost revenue if they don't reach a deal. Imagine any corporation granting it's employees 49% of the corporate revenues. Superstars come and go, the colleges shoot them out like pez. The league will certainly survive, the fans will return and the washed up superstars will sit on their porches, spending their remaining millions and griping about "the suits" full time. Some things never change do they?

October 15, 2011  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It's Over, Bros.

Word!

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October 15, 2011  09:57 AM ET
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The owners should come back with a non-negotiable 49% and drop it by 1% each week to make up for lost revenue if they don't reach a deal. Imagine any corporation granting it's employees 49% of the corporate revenues. Superstars come and go, the colleges shoot them out like pez. The league will certainly survive, the fans will return and the washed up superstars will sit on their porches, spending their remaining millions and griping about "the suits" full time. Some things never change do they?

Nice

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October 15, 2011  10:01 AM ET

like i stated in another blog they need to start finding creative ways to produce money for the players so that the union can remain strong. I say send the top 25 players in the league overseas to the same league and charge the league as a whole 300 mill for them to play their for a whole season. Take that money and divide it amongst all nba players. They could get tv deals to fill the nba void or they could stream the games online or even do it on pay-perveiw. But dont fold i rather see them do that then allow themselfs to be taken advatage of. If their are teams who say they arent making money then thats not the players fault i say take those teams out the league and have a expansion draft to disperse those players from those teams through out the league. minnisota,golden state,toronto,the bucks,the cavs and the clippers are all teams that should be retracted from the league

October 15, 2011  10:09 AM ET

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October 15, 2011  10:11 AM ET
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The point of the article is that it has *already* happened, but the leaders of the pack - Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter, and others - are in denial about it.There are already definitive cracks in the players' camp, and unity has already begun to be broken. Let's see how much longer the players' pride is able to keep them from giving in.

As they will soon find out, Pride doesn't pay the bills!!!

October 15, 2011  10:11 AM ET

Most of the players are probably united for now. We'll test their resolve again next month after they've lost a paycheck.

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