Boycott, conflicts, frustration – that’s the best way to describe the last couple of days in the bubble. The league went through the process of finding common ground, reconciling basketball and social interests, and yesterday they came to a resolution – the Playoffs will continue.
After LeBron walked out of the players meeting on Wednesday, with his teammates and their next-door rivals following behind, NBA season was up in the air. What followed was an emotional 48 hours, imbued with frustrations and tantrums in a collective effort to come up with the best possible solution.
Chris Paul, the president of the players’ union, was the guy pulling the strings, being the voice of the unification for all players involved. Miami Heat’s veteran Udonis Haslem was one of the more vocal voices during the meeting, as both him and CP used their statures to control the emotions in the room.
Michele Roberts, the executive director of the players union, stepped up to speak about financial ramifications in a case of players leaving the bubble. While she was going over the numbers, Beverley interrupted her, saying he disagreed with her logic. Roberts tried to explain it to Pat that these were potential financial losses players would suffer if they were to leave Orlando prematurely, but Beverley interrupted her again. After Michele politely asked for permission to continue, Pat responded with ‘No, I pay your salary.’
This caused a tumult with Paul, Haslem, and everyone else involved, as they admonished Beverley that disrespect would not be tolerated. After three hours of riding the emotional roller-coaster, the players agreed to meet again on Thursday.
And they did, as both LA teams agreed to get on the same terms as the rest of the league, saving the NBA Playoffs in what is an unprecedented time in the league’s history.