It would be far too simple of the world to think that the NBA players had no inkling of the NBA union’s plans to reject the offer and announce probable decertification. But, it is interesting to see each man take to Twitter, the social media hangman, as if they are just as shocked as the fans are. Here are some players’ reactions after the announcement had been made and Twitter was bombarded with fan opinion.
Austin Daye voiced his opinion of the turn the lockout has taken by exposing the fans’ need to see the game. It has been something that has not been widely publicized during the war of words between both sides. It is a bit refreshing to see that someone remembers the little people.
Of course until the NBA lockout is lifted the rookies who have yet to debut in an official NBA game will be asked the question of whether or not they regret exiting their respective college programs too early. This question is of wilting relevance to former UConn superstar Kemba Walker, whose most recent accolades lie in leading a young squad to a NCAA Championship win.
What a lot of people do not know is that Walker graduated from college before opting for the NBA draft, so he has accomplished a lot more educationally than he is given credit for. He may be one of the men more inclined to succeed in light of this work stoppage in avenues that may not concern playing basketball.
Kyrie Irving, on the other hand, popped out of Duke after a freshman season where a lot of his playing time had been snatched from him after a toe injury benched him. Irving, and many other draft prospects coming out of their programs early, were already informed that an NBA lockout could be their first road block to overcome. With that information he still chose to come out of school and try his hand at the pros so his decision was not made blindly.
Like we will see from many NBA players as the suits are filed and the union decertifies, not necessarily in that order, there are Twitter explanations of their point of view popping up all over the web. The frustration must be mounting as the opportunity of a 2011 NBA season is becoming bleak and fans are becoming far too upset about the perceived direction of the league.
Don’t expect this to end anytime soon. Athletes loved to spill the beans and the public loves to listen.