Guys might have to come to realize if you sacrifice the jewels, be creative and consolidate - you can own the jewelry store.
HBO's Bryant Gumbel came under fire for comparing NBA commissioner David Stern to a plantation overseer who treats the men in the National Basketball Association like boys.
Think what you want about that; the flip side is that the men in the NBA do tend to have a "plantation mentality"—a worker's mentality.
Perhaps this lockout situation will alert them that it is time that they think in terms of ownership.
If the players and former players would come together and pool their resources, they would have a lot of capital and all of the talent and personality to OWN and operate their own basketball league.
The huge contracts of the current NBA would have to be sacrificed. That would mean guys under current NBA contracts, scheduled to make millions over the next few years, would have to let them go as the players would decertify.
A total of $2 billion in player salaries.
These guys are used to living rich with lavish lifestyles. Big houses, cars and toys—it is not a secret that people in the league are balling! Which also means big bills. In fact, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith stated on First Take that he thinks that the players will cave in soon because the guys will eventually miss that paycheck too much.
That may be true—although the players currently seem to be in unison. But we will have to see what happens after a month or two without checks.
But again, players are the sole reason that the NBA is the global game that it is right now. No one could name me half of the owners in the NBA right now—but you know decades of players.
This is not years ago, when player were making just hundreds of thousands of dollars. The NBA has quite a number of real millionaires.
The millionaires are in a labor dispute with some billionaire owners. Bosses.
Well there you see the plantation mentality manifest itself. If a bunch of millionaires with all the talent would work together to create their own thing, they could BECOME the billionaires—instead of being forced to negotiate with them.
Then, instead of fretting over a $2 billion slice of the pie, they can own all of the pie and slice it how they want—leaving the owners with pie faces.