Stern said the owners were willing to consider a 50-50 split, but that the players' side would not consider it. "I was very surprised by that," Stern said.

Stern also said that, during discussions, owners had come off their long-held insistence on a hard cap, and revealed that last week owners backed off their desire for a rollback of existing salaries. He also said the owners had offered the players a chance to opt out of a new 10-year agreement after seven years.

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This is disgraceful, IMO. I've been reading that the big name agents: including, of course, World Wide Wes, who to me is the doucheiest in a new wave of agent douche, are now looking to decertify. They are also urging all players to remain staunch that 57% of BRI is their rite. That's ridiculous.

Apparently Stern has not been honest in his revealing of total incomes for the league, or at least has concealed information.

Whether or not this is the case, to knock back a 50/50 split is ****ed. I look forward to seeing how the union justifies such non-benevolent behavior toward its player's fan base.

So, if this debacle isn't come to a close by Monday next week, the first 2 weeks of the regular season are as good as gone.

The fact that it's taken 4 months to reach this stage makes it evident, to me, that the agents for the NBA stars have been collectively prepared, if not collectively conspiring, to have as much of the season cancelled as possible for the sake of winning this toe to toe battle of greed.

**** the lot of 'em.