One issue that will heavily be discussed and debated between the players and owners in upcoming meetings regarding the new collective bargaining agreement is power.
They won't discuss "power" using that term. It'll be tossed around in talks surrounding amount of money players can make, the length of contracts, guaranteed contracts, hard salary cap vs. soft salary cap, etc.
But in the end, it all comes down to two things: money and power.
The owners feel the players have too much power...and they're absolutely correct. Because of guaranteed contracts, and in part of the owners' willingness to overpay more than half of the guys in the league even though they publicly speak about losing money, players have more control over the league than they ever had.
ProBasketballTalk.com wonderfully documents the power struggle in a post from last month. And the article brings up a great point: can you imagine if guys from the '70s or '80s demanded trades or longer contracts halfway through the season? How would that work out?
Most of the time it's the marquee players that have the majority of the power. Franchises do whatever is possible to keep their superstars happy, and if the player ever grows unsatisfied and demands a trade or doesn't display maximum effort, the organization could be set back for years.
We saw a prime example of this in the summer, when LeBron James held all of the cards when it came to free agency and Carmelo Anthony (reportedly) privately demanded a trade from the Denver Nuggets.
So which players are the most manipulative and controlling to their respective organizations? Here are 10 guys that probably have more power and say over the franchise than their owners.