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The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Posted on: October 14, 2010 9:50 pm
 
Player's Union intends to file suit against league for rule regarding player's acting like four-year-olds.
Posted by Matt Moore




Tantrums. That's apparently what the NBA's Player's Union feels is the hill to push litigation over . Not a better pension plan, or fewer regular season games, or even revenue sharing, apparently. They're going to pursue litigation over their right to stomp and yell and scream and curse the officials who are only doing their jobs. Because, really, when you think about it, that's what the Union needs most of all.

Perhaps you were curious about what the union is actually saying. Here's their press release, courtesy of KB:

The new unilateral rule changes are an unnecessary and unwarranted overreaction on the league’s behalf. We have not seen any increase in the level of “complaining” to the officials and we believe that players as a whole have demonstrated appropriate behavior toward the officials. Worse yet, to the extent the harsher treatment from the referees leads to a stifling of the players’ passion and exuberance for their work, we fear these changes may actually harm our product. The changes were made without proper consultation with the Players Association, and we intend to file an appropriate legal challenge.

Let's go through this line by line, in the most often-replicated-never-really-dupli
cated
way possible, shall we?

"The new unilateral rule changes are an unnecessary and unwarranted overreaction on the league’s behalf."

Unnecessary. An ironic word to use since, considering no referee has ever reversed a call on the basis of a player's complaint, the complaint in and of itself is unnecessary. So the rule to prevent unnecessary actions is unnecessary, which would of course make the complaints necessary, but they of course are not necessary. Now, that's some faulty logic, but the point's still the same. The rule is necessary. It's how it's execute that you can argue may not be.

"We have not seen any increase in the level of 'complaining' to the officials and we believe that players as a whole have demonstrated appropriate behavior toward the officials. "

I'll believe there's been no increase, but that doesn't mean the level is appropriate. Because it's not. Watch Tim Duncan. Or Kobe Bryant. Or even Kendrick Perkins. Or, you know, Kevin Garnett (or look at the gigantic picture above). Even Celtics fans complained about how much the team complained last year. But maybe that's just an accent thing.

"Worse yet, to the extent the harsher treatment from the referees leads to a stifling of the players’ passion and exuberance for their work, we fear these changes may actually harm our product."

This as opposed to players taking games off in the middle of the season because they're "bored" or the fact that officials being influenced towards not calling fouls leads to a physical game like existed in the late 90's, AKA the most boring brand of basketball on the planet. But whatevs. The players are clearly worried about the product. That's why they're so easy to coach.

"The changes were made without proper consultation with the Players Association, and we intend to file an appropriate legal challenge."

Right, because the change wasn't discussed for weeks and the players weren't given a heads up on it. That's how that went down. It was a sneak attack! Like Pearl Harbor, only with Kevin Garnett being ejected for yelling and screaming!

I tend to side with the Union on most issues, including those regarding the upcoming CBA and the essential need for a better revenue sharing model. But to pick this as the issue they want to sue over in a season with as many issues to discuss as this one is absurd. Just tell your guys to chill out and go play.
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Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2010 8:52 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Yes, CPK SPorts, you're so brilliant that you saw through my writing and were able to determine that I know nothing of the history of the game.  I'm sure it won't change your mind if I tell you that I teach the history of the game; you will always know more than I. 

FWIW, the "showing up" comment is not about ego--at least I don't think it is.  I think it's about the game, and about players' ego.  As I said: I know I miss calls; I'm willing to admit it.  What I don't need, and what the game doesn't need, is players who stop the game to try and show that THEY were right about everything.  If my memore serves, I've chucked three players and one manager in twelve years of umpiring.  Two of those were for using "magic words" loudly enough that everyone in the park could hear.  One was for bumping and otherwise trying to intimidate a younger umpire working his first game.  One was probably a mistake.

And, while I'm sure it won't help to make it again, that's my point: the game is bigger than umps or players.  I would much rather the game progressed than stop it for a show--my show, the players's show, any show.  A player can discuss, at length, the call during his AB if he can do it in a classy manner--i.e., without turning around and holding up the game while he tells me how right he is.  We can talk between innings; we can talk while you're out in the field.  But stopping a game to show me up ... you're asking for it. 

I hope your expert umpiring and refereeing continues, smart guy.



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2010 10:29 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

 all you that say cbs suck, its funny you are here to be abe to say that, so what dose that say about you being here...



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2010 10:27 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

player should shut their mouths and play the game they get paid for, i use to be a season ticket holder till the last three or four years since things have gotten bad.  basketball is now a joke.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 9:46 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Uh, being wrong 49% of the time is nothing to brag about.


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Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 8:57 pm
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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 8:50 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

I might take this to the extreme but I feel as though this rule change will only lead to further corruption by the refs.  I for one do believe that some of these refs are either gambling on games or have been paid off to fix games.  This rule allows the refs to use discretion like no other sport.  While I believe that players have gone over the line with complaining I think there are better ways to handle this.  I think the league can develop a department with clear and defined rules that can levy fines for excessive complaining.  I for one think this rule change is a horrific decision and I'm certain that very shortly we will hear rumblings that the fix was in when a star player gets tossed for breathing the wrong way. 

I would also add that I think Stern really needs to go.  During his heyday he was a pioneer in the sport and helped bring the game to a new level.  However, I think time has passed him on and he is nothing more then a shill for the owners.


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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 7:44 pm
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Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2010 6:13 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

There is a better way to avoid technical fouls.

DON'T ARGUE WITH THE REFS!

Simple. Problem solved.

You know, in today;s would of professional sports, it seems the word "professional" is missing. Professional is more than just getting paid. Professional is also a way someone carries themselves.

Act like a professional and you will get treated like a professional.

Act like a whiny two-year old stomping and kicking and screaming because things didn't go the way you wanted them to.....

get treated as such.

NBA players need to grow the hell up!



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 5:39 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Touch fouls, technicals for cursing, arguing.  The game is not about the ref.

Is there something special about basketball that should afford its players more latitude than other sports?  No.  Yell and curse at a football ref and get 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.  Cuss at a baseball umpire and you're tossed.  There's no justification for a player carrying on like a whiny 3 year old or cussing out a ref like he owns him.  You can play the game hard without acting like a complete tool.


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