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Very smart what the NBA players are doing during this lockout… I bet Lebron and his star peers have the means to organize and make ALOT of money playing in these summer leagues extending it past the summer.
Seriously… The NBA isn’t why we love basketball, the players are… Between Lebron, Kobe, Dwade, and about 5 other big name stars, they have to have $100 million in cash… Something tells me a make shift league could be created, organized, marketed and televised with a $100 million dollars …
Bigger upfront risk for the stars, but much, much huger backend profit… Even the serious talk of them doing this would have the owners at David Sterns door to end this lockout ASAP…
I think this is a major component in the owners wanting all of the crazy restructuring in the CBA… MJ buying a team has the owners shook because on course MJ didn’t make anything compared to the Kobe’s and Shaquille’s in NBA salary but he cleaned out in endorsements and here he is, a owner.
Now, players are getting $100 million plus guaranteed NBA contracts AND $100 million dollar Nike contracts and various other deals that all fucking add up. How scared are these owners of Lebron being able to own AND play for a NBA team?
This lockout would tell me that they’re scared shitless..