Originally Posted by LX
I think the insult has a little something to do with not being able to negotiate in good faith, in spite of being essential to the league's existence. There's plenty yo be disgusted with, and there is a level of greed involved, but there is more than just that on the part of the players. The players did not rule out accepting a paycut. The owners ruled out negotiating altogether, and that is a little insulting.
Just because the negotiations didn't reach the point that the players wanted, that doesn't mean the owners didn't negotiate in good faith. At what point does it become not in good faith? When the owners say, "That's enough" or when the players say, "We will never accept a cap"? NBA players are afterall paid higher than the other major sports and may have the highest percentage shared among the sports.
And they may be essential to the league, but they are soon to be essential..... sitting there losing a year of pay. I'm no "Republican", but there's the perspective. Someone else owns it and paid for it.