It's a pivotal week for collective bargaining between NBA owners and the players union. At some point this week, there could be movement that either brings this lockout to an end or keeps it lingering on. In the meantime, players, agents, fans and media members are reacting more and more as the stakes get higher. While the lockout continues, we'll chronicle many of the reactions in brief daily journal.
Thunder center Nazr Mohammed has been one of the league's most outspoken players during the lockout. He's frequently shared his thoughts on the NBA's labor dispute via the social networking website Twitter. On Monday, Mohammed weighed in with more of his thoughts on the dispute.
“It's crazy that most fans think that the players are on strike and that we're asking for more money. It's the complete opposite!” Mohammed wrote. “We've expected that we have to accept less money to ensure that our owners can have the opportunity to compete and make a profit. We've given back more than $1 (billion) over the life of a (collective bargaining agreement) in our proposals. We're asking for a system that allows movement and competitiveness for our services. And to grow with the popularity of our league. But (their) proposals want a restrictive system & unacceptable givebacks.
“I'm pretty sure if they actually concede to something REAL that we can get a deal done. We've tried to meet them (three-fourths) of the way.
“In business, (you) never suppose to make it personal or make an emotional decision but I think it's going that way. Pride from both sides is gonna cost us a season, 100's of millions of (dollars), and our fan base. At least I can say that our union is trying to negotiate in good faith, but I hope their/our pride aren't making the decisions here. Cooler heads need to prevail quickly. But what can (you) do when (you) feel like (you're) backed against a wall? There's 3 options…take the deal, counter offer (probably won't work), or decertify the union and put it in the hands of the courts.”
A reporter then asked Mohammed which option he's in favor of.
“I'm still trying to figure it out,” Mohammed responded. “Should know more (tomorrow). (Because) this CBA won't really affect me, I feel it's my duty to support our union and do what's best for the young guys who will be (free agents) in the near future. As I receive more official info, then I can make my decision.
Mohammed, a 13-year veteran, can be followed on Twitter @NazrMohammed.