Nuclear Winter Set Aflame by Players
Posted by Broox Anderson
RICHFIELD, UT — 7:49 a.m. — Tuesday brought more flame to the NBA’s “nuclear winter” with the filing of two antitrust lawsuits against the owners. The first, filed in Minneapolis, consisted of plaintiffs Derrick Williams (T’wolves), Ben Gordon (Pistons), Caron Butler (Mavericks), and Anthony Tolliver (T’wolves). The other, which was filed in California, was submitted by plaintiffs Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups (Knicks), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), and Leon Powe (Celtics).
The players chose to travel the route of disbanding the union rather than decertification because they believe it will leave more time for the season to be saved. On the other hand, there are still over 200 players seriously considering instigating a decertification plea to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
David Boies, an attorney for the players’ disclaimed union, said this:
“By overplaying their hand, by pushing the players beyond any line of reasonableness, I think they caused this. You don’t give up hundreds of millions of dollars unless you want to make a deal and that’s what the players were doing. I think it was mistake to push it as far as they did.”
Some key points to consider:
- The players are also seeking to reimburse themselves for “treble damages”, which would cost the league over $2 billion.
- During a recent interview with David Stern, the commissioner stated that Billy Hunter’s disclaimer of interest, the act that successfully disbanded the players’ union, was simply a “…negotiating tactic. [That's all it is].”
- If Stern is correct about the “tactic”, then the NBPA has successfully wasted at least another month of the season.
- Although, if Stern has underestimated the players, he could see a hefty $2 billion bill come across his desk in the near future.
For having been called a nuclear winter, the lockout seems to be heating up a lot.
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