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Season is on the brink, time to say "yes"

Offer is not exactly what the NBA players want, but it is better than nothing

Updated: November 14, 2011, 12:48 PM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPN.com

As the clock ticks ominously with another deadline rapidly approaching, threatening to eradicate both the 2011-12 NBA season and all the affection the league's mustered over the years, the time has come for its players' association to stop messing around.

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) needs to stop acting like it has leverage when it doesn't. They need to stop leaning on some pipedream that has them thinking commissioner David Stern will make a deal in their favor. ...

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