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Stern: Decertification will burn agents

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09:32 AM ET 11.13 | David Stern advised agents and players not to pursue decertification, citing the federal lawsuit that the league filed in August that declared that the lockout does not violate antitrust laws and threatened to void all contracts if the union disbanded. "I guess what I would say is, if the union is not in existence, then neither are $4 billion worth of guaranteed contracts that are entered into under condition that there's a union," Stern said. "So if the agents insist on playing with fire, my guess is that they would get themselves burned."

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November 13, 2011  09:55 AM ET

Better To Burn Out Than To Fade Away, Bros.

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November 13, 2011  10:09 AM ET

The question the players need to ask themselves is this: Will decertification give them a better deal? The answer is no. All it will do will cancel the season, and players will make nothing this year. The players need to stop thinking about how much less they are getting in the new cba, and start thinking about getting paid vs. not getting paid.

November 13, 2011  10:12 AM ET
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Stern is making a huge threat here. I wonder what the working relationship will be like after all of this is over.

I'm sure the owners will give him a nce "Golden Parachute" for saving them from themselves.

November 13, 2011  10:17 AM ET

The owners will really love these Agents especially the ones that want to boycott the hard liners.

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November 13, 2011  10:49 AM ET
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The question the players need to ask themselves is this: Will decertification give them a better deal? The answer is no. All it will do will cancel the season, and players will make nothing this year. The players need to stop thinking about how much less they are getting in the new cba, and start thinking about getting paid vs. not getting paid.

agreed. and also decertification will allow the owners to put in players and play a season w/out the stars unless they feel like coming back. Football players decertified and the nfl owners went on w/the season and the nfl players wound up getting a worse deal.

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November 13, 2011  11:04 AM ET
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agreed. and also decertification will allow the owners to put in players and play a season w/out the stars unless they feel like coming back. Football players decertified and the nfl owners went on w/the season and the nfl players wound up getting a worse deal.

As soon as Replacement Players become an option, the NBA players will cave.

November 13, 2011  11:07 AM ET
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As soon as Replacement Players become an option, the NBA players will cave.

fully agree, if the players union go for decertification, i hope the nba goes straight to replacement players and I will watch my team like I always do. Players just need to sign the damn contract and lets get the game started. the economy is not the same as it was when they signed the last contract. Everyone is suffering and the nba players feel like everyone else should suffer during these tough times, just not them

November 13, 2011  11:09 AM ET
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fully agree, if the players union go for decertification, i hope the nba goes straight to replacement players and I will watch my team like I always do. Players just need to sign the damn contract and lets get the game started. the economy is not the same as it was when they signed the last contract. Everyone is suffering and the nba players feel like everyone else should suffer during these tough times, just not them

Amen!!

November 13, 2011  11:11 AM ET
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While I agree with you I don't think being the bearer of bad news will be loved when all is said and done. I suspect after this is over the current crop of players will harbor resentment towards the owners and Stern in particular.

I think at this point Stern and the owners don't care. Anybody who thinks 50/50 isn't a good and fair offer was never taught anything in life. All the players have to do is win and get paid, or don't win and get traded. Resent quietly! It's just business.

November 13, 2011  11:25 AM ET
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I think at this point Stern and the owners don't care. Anybody who thinks 50/50 isn't a good and fair offer was never taught anything in life. All the players have to do is win and get paid, or don't win and get traded. Resent quietly! It's just business.

owners have come off the hard cap, basically left the salary cap right where it is. 50/50 is more then fair. IF they decline, the owners are going back to the 47/53 in favor of the owners and a hard cap.

50/50 if fair, get this done and lets go already. Finally the knicks are good and this crap has to happen.

November 13, 2011  11:40 AM ET

Time for NBDL players and foreign players and castaways from NBA to make their names. Decertify and let the replacement games begin!!!

Within weeks we'll see the mid-level NBA players all make a bee line to play for ANY amount of $$. Fisher and Hunter can shove it!!

November 13, 2011  11:42 AM ET
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Time for NBDL players and foreign players and castaways from NBA to make their names. Decertify and let the replacement games begin!!!Within weeks we'll see the mid-level NBA players all make a bee line to play for ANY amount of $$. Fisher and Hunter can shove it!!

fully agree, you watch, when / if this is ever resolved U will see hunter get fired.

 
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