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NBA stars say they want to get season started

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: October 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm •  Published: October 23, 2011

Paul said the union isn't prepared to accept a 50-50 share not because it isn't fair, but because there are several sticking points in the details of a salary cap structure that must go hand in hand with any agreed split of revenue.

“It's more than that. It's also about the system,” said Paul, who attended the most recent session last Thursday. “People that came before us fought hard for guaranteed contracts, (Larry) Bird rights and a lot of other things. A lot of people think it's just about the economics, but the economics is something we're willing to talk about. But at the same time, the system and the economics have to go together.”

Even after attending several meetings in recent weeks, Paul could only say he was hopeful that a deal would be reached soon.

Durant echoed Paul when asked if there would be NBA ball at all this season. Durant said, “I wish,” when asked if games would be played by Christmas.

“I really can't say right now,” Durant said. “We're just trying to work to get a deal done. We're going to continue to play in these games and show the fans that we love the game and we want to play.”

Paul stressed his sympathy to the fans and said he understood the frustration that some feel during this lockout.

“We try to explain (the situation) as much as we can, but it's really hard to understand unless you're in the situation,” Paul said. “But I just want the fans to trust us and know that we're far from greedy. We just want a fair deal. We want to get out there and play more than anybody. But we understand that at the end of the day, we're the product. We're the reason the fans come and we just want a fair deal.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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