Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Stevenson expects season to be cancelled

Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson does not think the ongoing dispute between the NBA player and owners will be resolved and believes the 2011-12 season will have to be cancelled.

The Mavericks have still not received their championship rings following last season's success and Stevenson is thoroughly fed up with the five-month lockout.

He said: "For me, personally, I don't think there will be a season. 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."

Stevenson has also criticised the executive director of the players' former union, Billy Hunter, adding: "I feel like he is doing a horrible job because basically now the owners know our hand. The media knows our hand. The owners know our hand."

Stevenson also believes that the Mavericks have not been given the credit they deserve for upsetting the form-book and beating Miami Heat in last season's Finals. People placing an NBA bet should remember this.

Meanwhile, Dallas' representative for the Players Association, Jason Terry, believes the players were correct to reject the latest offer from the owners earlier this month but thinks an agreement will eventually be reached.

Terry is of the opinion that if the players had accepted the offer, the Mavericks would be in danger of losing several of their star players who are currently free agents, including Stevenson, center Tyson Chandler, guard Jose Juan Barea and forwards Caron Butler, Brian Cardinal and Peja Stojakovic.

"Look at our roster," Terry said. "Free agency is going to hit us hard. We don't know what our team is going to look like."

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