Is the NBPA Out of Moves?
The NBA’s players are out of moves, like Jonathan Poe, the chess prodigy who ultimately had to give in to Josh Waitzkin, an even better prodigy, who saw the end of their match 12 moves before Poe did in “Searching For Bobby Fischer”. In similar ways this NBA lockout has been predestined, the owners knowing exactly what they were going to get, and how, and when, and the union, full of very smart and good chess players itself, is trying desperately to avoid where it is now, 12 moves from oblivion, with nothing it can do about it.
The union must take the deal now. For it will take a far worse deal a month from now, or later, and lose half a billion or more in the process.
No NLRB ruling nor decertification nor Solidarity Forever chant is going to change that now. The NBA’s owners are not looking for a decision; they want a knockout, and they’re going to get it. They will blow up the season if they don’t like the deal, and they’re going to, unless the union folds its 2-3 hand with the flop coming, calls it a day, gets this season started by mid-December and lives to fight again. It is out of moves.
The union has made the argument that revenue sharing is as important for the future health of the league as its players’ givebacks. But the league has made it clear that it won’t release the totality of how it will enhance revenue sharing until after the CBA is resolved. The players must give first.