NEW YORK It's come to this, folks.
The executive committee of the NBA Players Association and the player representatives, as well as a few players, began meeting in a midtown Manhattan hotel at 9 a.m., a gathering that will go far in determining the fate of the 2011-12 NBA season.
The NBA's latest offer is one that the players frankly, aren't overly enthused about. NBA commissioner David Stern has said this latest offer will be the best the players will get.
And if they turn it down, the next negotiating session will begin with the players being offered a 47-53 split of the basketball-related income - down from the 49-51 band and the 50-50 split that's currently being offered - along with a host of other changes that are significantly worst than the current proposal.
So what do you think?
Should the players take the proposal on the table, or turn it down and call Stern's bluff?
In case you haven't seen the proposal, here it is.
WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.
Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.
“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.
Irving replied with a lewd suggestion.
After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.
“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.
In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.
“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”