The National Basketball Player’s Association has a Twitter account. It doesn’t produce much in the way of original content; mostly, it’s content to re-tweet either news or columns that pro-labour NBA fans might be interested in. Or, in some cases, items that might serve to clarification its position.But this only adds to its oracular quality.
The NBPA is in a pitched battle with ownership; millions and millions of dollars are at stake.
Social media is the newest front, and rest assured, nothing is by accident.
Sometimes, the angle is obvious. Here, it (there is a person, or people, behind it. But whom?) offers up a Reason Magazine piece entitled, simply, “Yes, Sportswriters Still Think labour Mobility Is Stupid”.
Timberwolves all-star Kevin Love can look forward to a contract extension offer of six years in the $70 million range once a new NBA labour deal is reached, a little birdie says.
The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement expires June 30.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that Love will go for it. Yet the Player’s Association thinks we need to know this. If not, why would it have shown up on the NBPA Twitter?
We’re practically forced to read between the lines, look for clues, and try and make sense of what might seem like a fairly innocuous, if not obvious, point about the T-Wolves’ best young player and his future with the team.
My best guess: The NBPA wants us to know that a CBA will be brokered. And Love will sign the extension shows that bad teams can sign great players (the main critique of this super-team era). Who knows, though—the NBPA tweets in mysterious ways.
Which begs the question: Does the NBPA Twitter really, as is rumoured, know and see all?
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