As it appears we might be nearing a labor deal in the NBA, the rhetoric hasn’t done anything but ramp up. The players seem like they are possibly on the verge of agreeing to a 50/50 split of basketball related income, but they might have a few pushes left on system issues. It also seems that as they get closer and closer to signing off, the players (maybe unwittingly?) feel the need to scream louder to make it seem like they are putting up a big enough fight. Here’s the rub though. The players are now fighting system issues while not fighting the BRI split anymore?
I’ve been saying all along that calling Dan Gilbert greedy and claiming he wanted to go after every cent of income was missing the point with regard to his goals. I always thought that he was content having the Cavaliers be a loss leader of sorts as he competed for championships and opened casinos. When his ability to compete for championships was in jeopardy, that’s when he really started to get after it. Now that the money is apparently no longer an issue and the system issues are front and center and the rhetoric is ramping to a fever pitch an agent has gone out and made Dan Gilbert’s point for him. [Read more...]