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Marbury: NBA players will 'cave' during lockout

Posted on: January 7, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: January 7, 2011 12:21 am
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Former All-Star Stephon Marbury predicts there will be an NBA lockout next summer. Posted by Ben Golliver. stephon-marbury

In a New York Magazine profile, former All-Star guard Stephon Marbury, who is currently playing professionally in China, predicts that there will be an NBA lockout next summer and that the owners will emerge victorious.
"There's definitely going to be a lockout in the NBA after this season. The owners do not want to pay older players, and the players will cave, because they're only focused on now. The owners, they're looking at this long term, like a fifteen-year business investment."
Nobody listens to Marbury anymore, not since he started getting in car crashes while UStreaming, so his statements aren't nearly as damaging to the players' cause as, say, LeBron James' support of contraction.

But that doesn't mean they should be ignored. In fact, Mabury sounds far more reflective and far less delusional in the profile.
"You know, I know everybody thinks I'm crazy," he confesses out of nowhere. "But I don't mind that. It means I'm doing something different from y'all." He says he doesn't regret his Knicks tenure. "It was an opportunity to play basketball in my hometown. It doesn't bother me what that supposedly did to my image. Image is the reflection you see in the mirror. I stayed true to myself throughout my whole basketball career, so when I look in the mirror, I can see myself."
Somtimes, the most accurate assessments can come from the most unlikely places, and here Marbury's prognostication regarding the upcoming CBA negotiations seems fairly likely to play out as described.

NBA owners absolutely want to reduce their guaranteed contract commitments, especially the massive sums often paid at the end of multi-year contracts to past-their-prime, unproductive players. They have given every reason for us to believe they are willing to fight, and fight hard, for that financial relief. The players, meanwhile, will eventually be faced with a difficult decision: make the required concessions, or risk losing the ability to earn salary entirely during a work stoppage next season.

Marbury's word -- "cave" -- is just a really strong way of suggesting that the players will choose the lesser of two evils, and settle for some concessions to ensure that the paychecks keep rolling. Of all the possible ways for the negotiations to play out, that's got to be the favorite in the clubhouse, right?

Sure, Marbury might be crazy. But, here, he's closer to being crazy like a fox, rather than being crazy like a guy who eats vaseline.
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Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Marbury: NBA players will 'cave' during lockout

This is no different than any other labor contract negotiation across the world.  Today's workers no longer do what's best for the long term–period. 



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Marbury: NBA players will 'cave' during lockout

In the immortal words of Patrick Ewing,"We make a lot of money but we spend a lot of money."... If they were smart/shrewd enough to bank their money for a rainy day they wouldnt be professional athletes would they?  The players will eventually cave and the owners will get most of the concessions they want.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:26 pm
 

Marbury: NBA players will 'cave' during lockout

I am tired of owners. First agree with each other to stop running costs up. Then you can expect players to help. Its not the players making salaries so high owners look in the mirror.
You sound like a sports fan that has a union job.  You blame the owners for driving up salaries when in reality it's only a few owners in each league that do it and the others are FORCED to follow or they won't have a chance to win a championship.

Second of all, the owners aren't allowed to get together and refuse to overpay ..... it's called collusion. They tried that before and lost in court.. can't do it.

The ONLY solution is a capped league.. a hard cap too.. not this NBA soft cap garbage...   maybe another solution is what somebody else already said, non guaranteed contracts.  This way a player declining and living on his past stats gets cut and can't do a thing about it.   Other then that, no other solutions are available and never will be available...



Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Marbury: NBA players will 'cave' during lockout

Money makes the world go round.



Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Marbury: NBA players will 'cave' during lockout

Come on people.  Use spell check and some of the rules of grammar.  When making a solid point you lose it when you spell some big word.  Please!!!!



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Marbury: NBA players will 'cave' during lockout

Can't Wait... No NBA!

Would not be a bad leauge if they had a hard cap with NON-Guaranteed contracts.  Tired of some of these "pros" whos game has passed them by and still collecting huge checks because of the guaranteed contracts.  You Play, you get Paid... you don't pay, you don't get paid... if your proformance declines, then you get cut.

Look at the NFL system and form something along those lines.

FYI, Baseball should be next to revise thier system.




Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Marbury: NBA players will 'cave' during lockout

Well, you wrote an column about what he said so that kinda blows the nobodys listening to him anymore thing out of the water. The NBA players aren't saying anything but everybody knows there's going to be a lockout. The Owners want to cut out the ridiculous salaries that have become more outragious as the next contract is signed. Look at all the empty seat seats in the arenas this year , the economy is in bad shape and the average family cant afford to see a game. The multi-million dollar contracts that are being paid out by who you are rather what you are doing for the team are on the way out cause its stupid and the owners aren't going to stand for it. And after the players sit for a few months and that college degree they got or don't have just is not going to pay what a minimum NBA salary is going to pay. Reality does that to alot of people.  when they start whinning about the million dollar contracts not being  as big nobody is going to listen to them. The long term of this is that the owners have already seen several teams in trouble financially ,just to mention the league buying the hornets. Shinn was a terrible owner, just ask the fans in Charlotte what they think of him.  



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Marbury: NBA players will 'cave' during lockout

Nobody listens to Marbury anymore, not since he started getting in

Ummmm, so let me make sure I understand this. Being a passenger in a car which is in an accident makes you less credible? Oooooook.



Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Starbury is on point with this one...

Actually, Starbury might be on to something.  I wouldn't be surprised if at least 70% of the league lived from paycheck to paycheck because of their need to keep&n
bsp;up a high-profile lifestyle, or carry entourages and families needs.  It will be a short lockout, if there is one.  Too much money at stake.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 1:46 pm
 

It's all about Marbury

Marbury is all about himself. Yes, his words are probably dead-on in this instance regarding the looming lockout, but his motivation to speak up is all about HIM.

Oh, and if owners want to "reduce their guaranteed contract commitments, especially the massive sums often paid at the end of multi-year contracts to past-their-prime, unproductive players" why don't they just NOT SIGN THE PLAYERS TO THOSE KIND OF CONTRACTS!!??!!


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