DWade is normally smiling, happy, and congenial, what the HELL happened?!?
Not even the presence of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony could move the sides closer to an NBA labor agreement yesterday. And it may have moved them further apart in the cordiality department.
Wade shouted at commissioner David Stern during the lowlight of a tempestuous five-hour negotiation that nearly ended the proceedings prematurely. The talks produced no deal and could have created ill feelings stemming from the Wade incident. Stern holds grudges.
Players Association executive director Billy Hunter Jr. said he does not expect an agreement by this weekend.
A person debriefed on the meeting confirmed Wade got ticked off when Stern, during his spiel, started pointing his finger at Wade.
“Don’t point your finger at me,” the Heat superstar screamed at Stern. “I’m not a child.”
ESPN reported Wade, James and Anthony threatened to leave the talks early before Hunter talked them into staying another hour.
“There are times when it’s contentious,” union president Derek Fisher said, without referring to a specific incident. “Guys are very passionate about their opinions. There are also times you really talk and show the type of professional respect. When you have as much at stake as we all do, you have to expect some ups and downs within the meetings.”
Seems to us like there are way more “downs” than “ups”. According to reports the two sides are nowhere near reaching an agreement and if there are hard feelings and yelling then it doesn’t appear that anything productive can be accomplished.
Joining Wade, James and Anthony were superstars Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, and they all were vocal. The owners had 10 of the 12 members of their negotiating com mittee, including Knicks owner James Dolan, on hand plus Miami owner Mickey Arison.
“It helps the process to have [owners] hear di rectly from their franchise players who mean most to our game,” Fisher said. “We encourage our guys to speak and express their thoughts and ask questions. That’s what they do when they come in the room.”
Fisher held a press conference flanked by about 15 of the players, but only he spoke. The players looked less than happy to be there.
Anthony will miss today’s powwow as he heads to Winston Salem, N.C., to play in a charity game with Paul. Several players are expected, but it is unknown if Wade will return.
We just need these guys (owners AND players!) to get their lives together and reach an agreement so we can have basketball this winter!
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