The threat of the 2011-12 NBA season being non-existent is now very real. The NBPA has rejected the most recent CBA proposal, and David Stern has promised the next one will not be as favorable for the players.
Both sides have their heels firmly dug into the ground. And, as you can imagine, fans and analysts are buzzing/panicking as they fill up Twitter with their thoughts.
Numerous players are also weighing in via their Twitter accounts.
We will be updating this page as Tweets roll in. The newest updates will be posted at the top; after this tweet of the big news of the day.
Daniel Gibson must be tiring of people criticizing the players.
The Bulls' CJ Watson plans on putting his new found free time to good use.
Rookie Kenneth Farried is clearly ready to stay strong in the lockout, but he may want to be careful with his word choices. Even the fans that side with the players are not likely to be excited over him proclaiming their situation as an injustice.
The Kings' Marcus Thornton is shocked at the difficulty of reaching a deal. He is clearly ready to for both sides to start exploring other options.
Pau Gasol remains hopeful, and he clearly feels that the players have made more concessions than the owners at this point.
Austin Daye adds some insightful perspective with this tweet.
Deron Williams took time to acknowledge who the real victims of this mess are.
David Stern was just interviewed on ESPN. He certainly set an ominous tone as to what the rejection, and the players' decision to decertify means.
Stern was matter-of-factly laying down the gauntlet like he was the Godfather in this interview.
He was clearly on the offensive with this comment:
The players have been quick to tweet responses to Stern's comments. Apparently Stern should not be expecting a Christmas card from the Rockets' Terrence Williams, and if he does get one he definitely should not open it.
The Suns' Hakim Warrick lets everyone know he is ready for the nuclear winter.
While Kemba Walker announces he is prepared for the loss of income.
The Cavs' Daniel Gibson let everyone know that he isn't likely to break.
He also let it be known that he understands the fans' anger.
That anger is definitely being expressed on Twitter, and most of it seems aimed towards the players in statements similar to this.
ESPN's Ric Bucher points out the undeniable fact that it took some serious guts for the players to make this move.
The loss of a season is going to be financially crippling to many players. These guys are losing a ton of cash by the second now. How much money? Well, this tweet sheds some light on that.
The reaction of many fans that feel scorned by the loss of the season is to lash out at the players that rejected an offer that would have brought basketball back.
The players are doing their best to fight this perception. Like this tweet by the Wizards' JaVale McGee:
Much more to come....