DeShawn Stevenson is Pretty Mad
You all know that the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championship last season, and on November 1st, the team and staff should have received their rings. Of course, the lockout barred that from happening, and I don’t know if anyone’s as bitter as DeShawn Stevenson. Of course, no player is happy with this lockout. Well, no one is happy with this lockout, but Stevenson gave his opinions at Drew Gooden’s Make A Wish Foundation Charity Game at San Francisco last Sunday.
“For me, personally, I don’t think there will be a season,” Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson said recently at Drew Gooden’s Make-A-Wish charity game. “Right now there is just a lot of bad blood and [the owners] keep putting offers out that we’re rejecting. So we’re not going anywhere.”
I’m not surprised. I’m just a blogger who happens to be a huge NBA fan, so I’m not going to pretend I know everything about the lockout. If anything the players, owners, and all involved are the ones that know the situation the best, so I’ll take his word for it. But the owners aren’t the only ones to blame for this lockout:
Stevenson thinks the owners have been slow to recognize how much the players have already conceded in negotiations, but he also points blame at someone else: Billy Hunter, executive director of the players’ former union.
“I felt like we should have decertified in July,” Stevenson said. “I feel like Billy Hunter is doing a horrible job because basically now [the owners] know our hand. The media knows our hand. The owners know our hand.”
I’m not surprised this came out of a guy like DeShawn Stevenson, who’s known for being pretty offensive. After all, this is a guy that wore a "Hey Lebron! How’s my Dirk taste?" t-shirt. He also tattooed Abraham Lincoln onto his neck, but that’s pretty irrelevant (though I’m not entirely ruling it out).
He has a point, though. If the negotiations were going to come to this point, then the players should have decertified way back in July. Not that I’m gonna blame Billy Hunter directly…. but yeah, he kinda effed up.