Today is the first day that NBA players would have been scheduled to be paid had the league’s labor dispute not forced the cancellation of the beginning of the season. As a result, today marked the first day that players have directly felt the financial effects of the work stoppage, and according to Samardo Samuels of the Cleveland Cavaliers, some players are already panicking.
“A lot of people in the league are panicking,” Samuels told the Akron Beacon Journal. “You’re talking about missing paychecks. Those paychecks you’re missing are going to add up and guys have families and responsibilities and bills to pay. I’m just a guy that’s coming out of college. I’m 22 years old, I don’t have much responsibility.”
Yesterday the NBA Players Association made the decision to reject the league’s latest collective bargaining proposal and made efforts to begin disbanding their union. In doing so, they plan to try to take talks of a new collective bargaining agreement out of the negotiating room and into the courts.
"It looks like the 2011-12 season is really in jeopardy," Stern said on ESPN, shortly following the announcement of the NBPA. "It's just a big charade. To do it now, the union is ratcheting up I guess to see if they can scare the NBA owners or something. That's not happening."