HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Wizards guard John Wall is still in the formative stages of his NBA career, but he’s clearly not afraid to speak his mind.
Ask him for his opinion on something as sensitive as the ongoing labor dispute between NBA players and owners and he’ll tell you exactly what he thinks needs to happen. At least that’s what he did over the weekend, per the Washington Post. And in his estimation, it’s going to take more of a push from the league’s biggest stars for something to change:
“I think we’re going to have to have guys like Kobe [Bryant], LeBron [James], the face of the NBA, to step up and say something,” said Wall, who was in Las Vegas this week when National Basketball Players Association President Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter updated the players on the labor impasse. “Derek Fisher and those guys are doing a great job, but I just want it to be over. I can’t really say too much. I only have one year under my belt. . . . I just want to sit back, learn and listen and see what’s going on during the meetings.”
Does Wall have a point? Should the game’s biggest names be more vocal and have a greater presence in order to get something done? We’ll get back to that in a minute, because Hunter insists that they have already done so.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times Hunter insists that not only are they involved, the union is unified and prepared for whatever the process throws at them in the coming weeks:
What role will NBA superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James play as this moves forward?
“They’ve been deeply involved in the meetings we’ve had. I know Kobe is intimately involved in interfacing with colleagues and sharing in a pool of revenue to help the others get through this. Kobe has volunteered to do that in the event others need, he and others are prepared to loan money if necessary.”
In fairness, Wall was talking about those high-profile players playing a larger part in some sort of solution to the labor issue and not just helping fellow players through whatever tough times, relatively speaking of course, that arise during the lockout.
So what say you? Should we hear and see more of guys like Kobe and LeBron in the future?