The Lockout Life: Nazr Mohammed remains outspoken
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.