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08:06 AM ET 11.16 | Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph had very different weekends, but both might wind up in the same place: Overseas. [Gay] stood directly behind Mike Conley in New York as the National Basketball Players Association announced Monday it would disband and file an anti-trust suit against the NBA. [Randolph] sat at home in solidarity and disbelief. The Grizzlies' trio might not be seen together in action again for some time. In the wake of the players rejecting the owners' latest proposal and a probability that the 2011-12 season will be canceled, Memphis' franchise players are now seriously considering other options. Playing overseas is on the minds of Gay and Randolph as the league's labor dispute heads into overtime.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

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November 16, 2011  08:17 AM ET

When the money runs out they run overseas

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November 16, 2011  08:25 AM ET

JGB, we get your point

November 16, 2011  08:27 AM ET
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I'm an nba fan and I'm pissed

Not to worry. They won;t last long over there, I hear they play ball the way the rules intended. You know... they have to play defense and letting guys just run to the hoop and dunk at will.

And they have to share rooms, ride buses and don't have first class accommodations.

Nah... it ain't gonna happen.

Morning JGB... sad to say... sort of... but it looks like the NBA will not be playing this year. How tragically stupid on everyone's part.

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November 16, 2011  08:43 AM ET
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I'm an nba fan and I'm pissed

Damn right - Mofo'd both the owners and the players - These knuckleheads aren't professionals they are nothing more than greedy baztardz who have done more damage than they are aware of to the game...!!!

November 16, 2011  08:48 AM ET

I do not get the comments on these posts. Every employee deserves the right to get as much compensation as they can on their job. Very few of us work in an industry that generates the revenue that the NBA does, so obviously our pay is not the same as a NBA player. If the league says it is losing money and they get it back from the players in the BRI split, then give a little on the system and get the deal done. It's that simple.

November 16, 2011  08:51 AM ET
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The players are so damn gullible. They think their agents have their best interest in hand, they thinl the union has their best interest at hand and they think that they are such the star that in the end, they'll win.If they just open their eyes, they would see that they wil NEVER make up the $ they are set to lose and that the owners have all the leverage.Its just such a stubborn move that I wish their mommas would spank them all

It's what I have been saying for a long time jgb and the outcome is just as I have predicted, but as a fan of the nba this is one of those times I wish I was wrong because it's sad that both sides couldn't find a way to get it done. And yea, the players won't win this (the owners filed paperwork blocking this move almost a year ago) and would be better off calling up lord stern and accepting deal before it gets far worse. They have to know when to fold or risk losing more than they have, and the time to fold was last month.

November 16, 2011  08:54 AM ET
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I do not get the comments on these posts. Every employee deserves the right to get as much compensation as they can on their job. Very few of us work in an industry that generates the revenue that the NBA does, so obviously our pay is not the same as a NBA player. If the league says it is losing money and they get it back from the players in the BRI split, then give a little on the system and get the deal done. It's that simple.

It isn't about the bri, it is and always has been about the system changes and naturally the players dont want system changes but they gotta understand that even with changes like a hard cap and a limited mle, they still have it better than 99.99% of the world and should be greatful to be paid handsomely to play a game.

November 16, 2011  08:59 AM ET
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I do not get the comments on these posts. Every employee deserves the right to get as much compensation as they can on their job. Very few of us work in an industry that generates the revenue that the NBA does, so obviously our pay is not the same as a NBA player. If the league says it is losing money and they get it back from the players in the BRI split, then give a little on the system and get the deal done. It's that simple.

Umm - That is what the majority on here has debated ad nausem - The point of some of these comments, mine included is the frustration fans have since both sides had ample time to resolve the issue. Some within each camp were willing to "bend" to get this done but others within did not - So yes it can be "simple" as you say but not when you have "knuckleheads" calling the shots and make it complicated.

November 16, 2011  09:05 AM ET
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Umm - That is what the majority on here has debated ad nausem - The point of some of these comments, mine included is the frustration fans have since both sides had ample time to resolve the issue. Some within each camp were willing to "bend" to get this done but others within did not - So yes it can be "simple" as you say but not when you have "knuckleheads" calling the shots and make it complicated.

Bingo. Great post. Personally, I wish fisher and hunter would have at least let the nbapa vote on the offer instead of telling them it's bad and refusing to bring it to a vote. Fisher and hunter let their pride blind them from making any system concessions.

November 16, 2011  09:09 AM ET
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Bingo. Great post. Personally, I wish fisher and hunter would have at least let the nbapa vote on the offer instead of telling them it's bad and refusing to bring it to a vote. Fisher and hunter let their pride blind them from making any system concessions.

Thanks CC - Yes I agree they should have at least let them vote for it and probably would have been surprised how many would have "accepted" it.

November 16, 2011  09:11 AM ET
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Thanks CC - Yes I agree they should have at least let them vote for it and probably would have been surprised how many would have "accepted" it.

They should have put it to an anonymous vote amongst all it's members and we'd be having our nba if it was allowed to vote. Fisher and hunter refused to bring it to a vote because they knew they'd lose the vote and their pride won't allow any concession at this point. Expect this to drag on for a long time in the courts with a decisive owner victory in the end.

November 16, 2011  09:16 AM ET

As the number of NBA players in Europe increases...the number of European women who will file paternity suits for these players in 5 years increases.....Win-Win situation

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November 16, 2011  09:37 AM ET

They'll be back within two weeks...

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