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Tuesday, October 25

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Tyson Chandler compares NBA owners to dictators

The players appear to have launched a modest offensive in the PR hyperbole battle that is the lockout. Raja Bell said David Stern rules with an iron fist, Chris Paul made a point to say players aren't greedy and now, Tyson Chandler is comparing the league and its owners to dictators. Not quite as bad as "plantation overseer" but it's a strong way of putting it for sure. As he told ESPN Radio: "It's unfair to the players, it's unfair to the fans because it's only going to lead to a longer lockout. A negotiation is a negotiation, and that's the way it should be, but this is more dictators than anything, and I don't feel this is going as a negotiation." That seems to be the popular opinion around the players right now. (

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