by Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes)
Instead of players trying to get on the court, theyve decided to go to court and David Stern says the players are in store for a nuclear winter.
The players union has reached a breaking point and has chosen to take the Judge Judy route and take the league to court. Players are preparing to disband and file an antitrust action lawsuit against the league in hopes that theyll secure billions of dollars in triple damages.
Its no coincidence that they have chosen to go down this path when today was supposed to be payday for most players.
The No. 8 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Al-Farouq Aminu of the Los Angeles Clippers, is one player who isnt all that worried about a nuclear winter. In fact, Caron Butler of the Mavericks, Ben Gordon of the Pistons, and former Trail Blazer Zach Randolph may all share the same sentiment.
You ask why? Ill tell you why.
They are represented by Raymond Brothers who has negotiated an unusual deal that has allowed their clients 2010-11 salaries to be spread out over a 18 or 24 month period in the case a lockout took place. As a result, Aminu is still getting paid. Not sure he's going to feel this nuclear winter.
Im not overly concerned about the lockout right now. All Im doing is working out seven days a week and saving money, Aminu said to CSNNW. I dont have a lavish lifestyle and that helps me so that I wont think that I have extra money.
Being a young player in the league, 21, Aminu says he wasnt that involved in the day-to-day happenings of the collective bargaining negotiations and he was fine letting the player reps handle the business side of basketball.
As it happens, Aminu had so much faith and confidence in the unions leadership that he didnt feel it was necessary to have a rank-and-file vote from the players on whether to accept the leagues proposals throughout bargaining sessions.
I didnt think there was reason to vote, Aminu said. I had the uttermost confidence in our guys that if they felt there was a good deal on the table, they would have informed us about it.
Ive always felt weird about a minority deciding critical affairs without the approval or opinion of the majority. Its one thing to let Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher lead the bargaining table, but when a final proposal is presented, I think the majority deserves to have a input.
If Aminu sounds removed from the process, he might be. Can you blame him? His situation is unlike most. He doesnt have the same fight that the majority of the players are up against. You can say hes amongst the battle but not in the battle.
He understands that.
The fact that I am still being paid may play a factor in how Im approaching this lockout, Aminu said. I do want to play basketball but I just have to give my agent credit for negotiating a great deal and seeing this thing coming.
Being that today is payday, you might say today is the first day of new seasonnuclear winter. Players overall, feel this was the path owners were going to take them down despite giving up several concessions. Thus why, theyve decided to disband and take this matter to court.
While that process takes care of itself, Aminu will continue his off-season regime in Los Angeles that includes running the Santa Monica stairs, spinning classes, yoga, and his basketball workouts. He says this is all he can control at this time.
Like it or not, neither side is budging right now and Aminu and a few others, are sitting pretty right now as theyre on their way to cash their checks.