NBA stars silent about lockout


With no progress or significant news about the NBA lockout, Orlando Sentinel’s Shannon Owens shares this nice article.

Memo to David Stern, Billy Hunter, Derek Fisher and the NBA stars – the public needs to hear from you.

If you’re like me, then maybe you’ve noticed the leaders in the labor negotiations have been eerily quiet. Even more peculiar is how silent the NBA stars have been when it comes to fighting against hard salary caps in the 2011 NBA lockout.

Stars like Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning were on the front lines for players in the 1998-99 lockout. But that clearly hasn’t been the case this time around.

We’ve heard a lot of talk about overseas teams the league’s most recognizable players are considering taking their talents to. We’ve heard little to nothing about the issues in the lockout and – most important – where these players stand.

Considering the fact that small businesses and those individuals working for the team are the most negatively impacted by labor unrest, the public has a right to know.

Here’s an excerpt from his upcoming column.

NBA stars couldn’t get enough of the limelight this past season. So much so, in fact, that I sometimes wondered if LeBron James and ESPN President George Bodenheimer were secret cousins.

Carmelo Anthony and his wife bombarded the public with their new marriage on a reality show and even had a guest spot on ABC’s popular daytime show, “The View.”

Dwight Howard sold us McDonald’s hamburgers and Adidas shoes with his mile-wide grin. Among LeBron James’ many hit-or-miss media moments last season, he even debuted a cartoon series about his life – because we clearly don’t know enough about his world.

Today’s NBA stars are better than anyone else in professional sports when it comes to being vocal about self-promotion and branding. They’re even smart enough to export their brand across the world to places like China and Turkey.

But when it comes to fighting against owners in the 2011 NBA lockout, they’ve been surprisingly quiet.

The bottom line? The fans has the right to know what’s really going on with the NBA.

The sooner this labor dispute is resolved, the better it is for the league.

You hear me Mr. Stern?

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4 thoughts on “NBA stars silent about lockout

  1. The players have really handled the lockout situation very differently this time around. It’s like a silent treatment but it speaks volumes. NBA Stars are earning a lot of money going to other countries to play exhibition games.

    But fans are suffering from this lockout, sadly both sides won’t give in. If this trend continues then we may not see a 2011-12 NBA season.

  2. Fans are the real victims of this lockout and some NBA employees that was cut but a layoff plus some NBA players that done earn money these days.
    Oh Well! David Stern and the other people involve here needs to do a better job.

  3. This just goes to show that there is a big difference between the NBA’s and Player Union leadership today compared to 1999.

  4. Robby

    They’ve (NBA) alienated themselves enough already given the fact that the league hierarchy initiated the lockout and in some cases you have the players trying to suggest they’re the victims. Personally I’d rather see them remain silent than seeing the idiocy that’s been so often displayed by the NFL players during their prolonged lockout ! You had Ray Lewis suggesting with the NFL lockout fans would go out and commit more violent crimes . Lewis should know a thing or two about that given the fact that he covered up the death of a victim after two of his then associates were in fact the perpetrators implicated and then found guilty of that crime .

    When both sides in this issue start to show some common sense rather behaving like kindergarten kids who’ve been scolded for being truculent then perhaps we might see a degree of intelligence coming from one side or another ? But I think not ! Stern’s way too autocratic and for the union this simply has become a pi_sing contest about who can write their name in the snow !

    tophatal ……….

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