The state of the nation, violation
A broken promise is as good as a lie
The hell is humongous, the devil’s among us And we will burn because we won’t unite
We won’t witness anymore freedom
What does anybody do we need ‘em?
I would rather fight than let another die
We’re the problem but we’re also the solution
All hope is gone
Some good music to start you guys off today. Slipknot very well could have been describing the NBA lockout situation in this song. It has gotten to the point of almost no return no.
Yesterday, we found out shocking news. The NBA players are making a threat of decertification. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chris Broussard, at least 50 unhappy NBA players held a conference call Thursday, laying the groundwork to potentially decertifying the players union. The New York Times is reporting that these players intend to make a strong push for the dissolution of their union if Saturday’s talks make no progress or the owners make another “absurd” offer.
Decertifying maybe the only option the players may have left. The owners have all the leverage at this point and this could be one way the players can get a small win. The players have already have conceded 4.5 percent of league revenues — moving from 57 percent in the last agreement to a proposed 52.5 percent — along with accepting many system changes that favor the owners. However, in the past two years of negotiating, the owners have kept up their same hardball techniques.
Adam Wojnarowski, of Yahoo.com, is reporting that the players involved in the news conference were Paul Pierce, Dwyane Wade, Jason Kidd, Blake Griffin(notes), Al Horford, Tyson Chandler, Spencer Hawes and DeAndre Jordan. Pierce was the most vocal leader of the conference call.
This is not good news for NBA fans. The season is now in serious jeopardy and it is now being shown the players strong resolve and unity. For a better explanation of what decertification means here is a great article from SI.com.