Steve Blake is pushing for the NBA players association to let its membership vote on the owners’ ultimatum offer, according to an Adrian Wojnarowski report.
Blake hasn’t been pushing players to vote “yes” or “no” on the deal but has gained a groundswell of support with players throughout the league. Nevertheless, Blake is a proponent of accepting the league’s current offer, sources said.
Kevin Martin, whose jumper is somewhat less attractive than a 96-year old’s wrinkles, would vote yes.
“If you know for sure [the owners] are not moving, then you take the best deal possible,” Martin wrote in a text message to SI.com. “We are risking losing 20 to 25 percent of missed games that we’ll never get back, all over 2 percent [of basketball-related income] over an eight- to 10-year period [of the eventual collective bargaining agreement]. And let’s be honest: 60 to 70 percent of players won’t even be in the league when the next CBA comes around.”
Still, the players who would vote to accept the offer are likely in the minority. The players are getting beaten by seven or eight touchdowns in these labor negotiations, and have already made $1 billion worth of concessions. Even though the remaining 2% of BRI amounts to little this season, the players are fighting for future generations as well. That gives the players Zach Lowe’s stamp of approval, but Martin isn’t on board with that reasoning.
“When [players] are negotiating as free agents, we’re always saying, ‘Well I’m going to do what’s best for my family,’” he wrote. “So now we’re lying, because right now, losing money isn’t helping our families at all. I’m not criticizing the fight our union is doing, because they have been in every meeting adding up to countless hours and have been breaking down every number possible. I believe in them and know they have the best interest for us. My opinion — which is just one of 450 players — is that if it comes down to losing a season and 100 percent of the money, we all definitely have to sit down and think about reality. That doesn’t sound smart to possibly become part of the [country's] growing unemployment rate.”
1) Kevin Martin’s text message might have been the longest text ever written.
2) David Stern’s ultimatum was the equivalent of someone saying, “Look, I know we shared this pizza 50-50 last year. But this year, I’m going to take 60% of it, and if you don’t agree to that, well, tomorrow I’m going to demand 75% of that pizza. Cuz fuck you, that’s why.”
3) If I were the players and a vote was held, I’d sign the new proposal. But I’d sign it while screaming “uncle,” handing my lunch money to David Stern, and begging him to release me from my swirly.