There are plenty of NBA players grumbling about the NBPA’s move to file a disclaimer of interest and move the lockout to the courts.
But only a few are willing to make those concerns public. There are a few out there, and you can add Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels to that list, as he told the Beacon Journal (via Ball Don’t Lie).
“A lot of people in the league are panicking,” Samuels said. “You’re talking about missing paychecks. Those paychecks you’re missing are going to add up and guys have families and responsibilities and bills to pay. I’m just a guy that’s coming out of college. I’m 22 years old, I don’t have much responsibility.”
Samuels said was in a group of players who didn’t like the latest offer from David Stern and the owners but would have voted for it to get back on the court. We’ll never know how large that group was because the union leadership went another direction, but it felt like that sentiment may have been the majority of the league’s rank and file players.
Now those players are frustrated. We all are.