Dennis Rodman fought with everyone when he was in the league. Players. Management. Himself. But on Friday night, prior to his induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame, Rodman called out someone you wouldn’t expect. The player’s union. From the Chicago Tribune:
“Its going to be a lot worse. There probably wont be a season,” Rodman said. “Unless the players do what the NFL did. Theyve got to really cut a lot of money. Those eight-figure salaries gotta go. Paying these players eight figures and they get hurt with a guaranteed contract, you cant take that money back.”
via Dennis Rodman: Dennis Rodman says NBAs monster salaries have to go – Chicago Tribune.
In case you were wondering, the highest salary Rodman ever collected was $9 million in 96-97. So apparently high seven-figures in 1997 is okay, but eight figures fourteen years later is not. Of course, given that both Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan are two of Rodman’s best friends, and both are of course on the owners’ side of things (well, as much as Jackson is on the side of anything; the man is an enigma wrapped in a puzzle disguised as a mystery), it’s not totally surprising. At the same time, this is a player saying the players don’t deserve even $10 million.
That’s pretty strong stuff, even for a guy who is typically pretty strong in everything he says and does.
Is $10 million too much? That’s a pretty hard sell. Granted, David Stern has talked about how the current proposal has the players’ average salary at $5 million with room for growth. But keeping salaries that low, from where they’re at now? That’s crazy talk. But then, that’s pretty much the owners’ position anyway. Scorched earth policies always sound crazy from the outside.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
We likely won’t know more about the extent of his injury until tomorrow, but if it was serious, that would be a major loss for the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist is their best perimeter defender and an important piece if they hope to compete for a playoff spot this year.
CHICAGO — Derrick Rose is nearing a return to practice with the Bulls. After undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured left orbital suffered in practice on Tuesday, Rose’s recovery is going as expected and he’s expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday.
“The follow-up [exam] went very well,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after practice on Saturday. “They’ve advised him to continue to let that site heal, and they think the best way for him to do that is to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back on Wednesday morning.”
Rose won’t be able to participate in practice for another week after that — Hoiberg said the previously announced two-week timetable for returning to basketball activities remains on schedule — but with a radically different offense, there’s a lot to learn, and just being around the team to watch practices and learn the new play sets is important.
“We’re going to actually get over there and watch some film with him today,” Hoiberg said. “Because again, like we talked about [Friday], we’ve added new sets, new things, so we’ll get him caught up by a couple of coaches going over and seeing him at his house.”
The two-week timetable puts Rose’s return to basketball activity around next Wednesday, October 14. From there, it will be a matter of getting him back into game shape before Hoiberg is comfortable playing him in games.
Hoiberg said earlier this week that he is optimistic Rose will be able to play when the Bulls kick off the regular season at home on October 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.