Glen Davis complained that he was not educated enough about the NBA lockout developments, which begs the question: Glen, why didn’t you educate yourself?
“I don’t think I’ve been kept in the loop as far as what’s going on and how things are going on,” he said. “I want to be kept in the loop, but when I say that, they say, well, come to the meetings.
“It’s not just Paul making that decision. It’s also Derek (Fisher) and Billy Hunter. I talk to players, but my friends are guys like Paul and (Kevin Garnett) — guys who are in a different stage of their careers from me.
“I don’t talk to a lot of the guys who are more in my stage, like Carl Landry and DeJuan Blair.”
I was prepared to suggest that Davis should have sought information more actively, but Zach Lowe beat me to it. (Sports Illustrated)
The first part of that quote – about coming to meetings — should take its place in the Lockout Quote Pantheon. “They say, well, come to meetings.” And? Did you go? Did you find out where and when the regional meetings were? Did you call your union representative (Pierce) to get that information? Heck, did you read guys like Ken Berger of CBS Sports, sharp minds who published just about every nuance of these talks along the way?
And why didn’t you contact Carl Landry or DeJuan Blair or any other young player trying to cement his place in the league? They aren’t hard to find.
Some very intelligent people have wondered why the union failed to put the latest proposal to a vote. The thinking goes that the union’s membership deserved to vote on a proposal that might have been the best the union will get.
But Davis’ thoughts shed some light on why letting the membership vote on a proposal might not have been the brightest idea. Billy Hunter, Derek Fisher and a handful of others have been involved in the negotiations since day one. They have educated themselves on all the legal, system, and economic issues. They decided the proposal was unacceptable, and it’s their job to lead the union the way they see fit. Putting the proposal to a vote would have allowed uninformed players to vote on important decisions.
Maybe Hunter and Fisher are misguided, and the union should have at least voted on the latest offer before dropping the disclaimer of interest bomb. But putting power into the hands of the (largely) uninformed membership would have been dangerous.