OKC Thunder players miss first pay day because of NBA lockout

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: November 15, 2011
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Had a new collective bargaining agreement been in place, Tuesday was to be the first pay day for NBA players this season.

Instead, negotiations between the owners and players' union came to an abrupt halt Monday when players refused to accept what NBA commissioner David Stern insists will be the owners' best offer.

With both sides at an impasse, the players have started the process of disbanding their union and the 2011-12 season has taken one giant leap toward being canceled.

The lockout continued with Day 138 on Tuesday with no paychecks and little hope for a resolution.

An NBA player gets paid the 1st and 15th every month. How much he gets paid depends on the player's preference.

The only rule is players must be paid at least 20 percent of their pay in equal installments beginning Nov. 15, but they could spread their pay over six months, nine months, 12 months, whatever.

As for deductions, in addition to federal income tax a player must pay state taxes for every state in which he plays a game – the exceptions being Texas (Dallas, Houston and San Antonio), Florida (Miami and Orlando) and Tennessee (Memphis). There's also the 10-percent escrow withholding as part of the players' agreed-upon share of basketball related income (BRI), plus various expenses such as extra game tickets, room service, etc.

As for determining what each Thunder player missed with his first paycheck, the simplest way to calculate this is per game.