NBA players react to union’s decision
A sampling of reaction after the Players Association rejected the latest labor proposal from NBA owners and began the process of dissolving the union.
• “All players just have to be together through this process and stand strong for what we believe in as a whole. If the majority feels like this is the best route then we as a group will now support the decision and move on and hope for the best. We just want everything fair.” – Houston Rockets guard Kevin Martin(notes), who had previously pushed for a full membership vote, to Y! Sports’ Marc Spears
• “It’s just very disappointing that we can’t get a deal done. I trust that the union made the right decision on behalf of me and the rest of the 400 players. We all lose, everybody.” – Houston Rockets forward Chuck Hayes(notes) to Y! Sports’ Marc Spears
• “I’m going to wait a few days to digest it before I say something. I’m very emotional right now and don’t want to say something that wouldn’t be helpful to anyone. The whole thing is messed up.” – Utah Jazz rookie center Enes Kanter(notes) to Y! Sports’ Marc Spears
• “The fans can think we were very close, and the players decided to blow it up.” – NBA commissioner David Stern to ESPN.
• “I hope they realize that by throwing their chests out at each other, they’re not going to get this deal done. I know when I want to get something, it never works when my chest is sticking out. …It seemed like we just had a couple of issues, and now we have to go to court. You don’t want to waste that amount of money going to court. But you stick your chest out, and now we are. If you want to negotiate with us, then don’t make it a pissing contest.” – Free-agent forward Glen Davis(notes) to Boston Herald
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• “This deal could have been done. It should have been done. We’ve given and given and given, and they got to the place where they just reached for too much and the players decided to push back.” – Players Association executive director Billy Hunter
• “I’m behind my players. We just want a fair deal and they’re not giving us that, so we got to stick together and know that we’re doing the right thing. Hopefully, stuff will change soon. I just want to play and get my career started.” – Sacramento Kings rookie guard Isaiah Thomas(notes) to Y! Sports’ Marc Spears
• “Hopefully the union just made that decision for every player in the league, and not just 30. Are they making that decision for the rest of us? Or are they just making that decision for the Kobes of this league – guys who have made a lot of money already. That’s my concern. But right now there’s a lot of back and forth between the two sides about who is bigger and badder, and giving ultimatums.” – Davis to Boston Herald
• “I’m an older guy, and I can’t get a year back. But this is bigger than playing basketball. …We’re fighting for what we believe in, for what we believe is right.” – Milwaukee Bucks guard and Players Association vice president Keyon Dooling(notes)
• “We’re about to go into the nuclear winter of the NBA.” – Stern to ESPN
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