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Credit players for saving NBA season

Willingness of union to make $3 billion sacrifice should put end to selfish perception

Updated: November 26, 2011, 9:46 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Professional athletes are greedy, selfish, out of touch with the real world -- we hear these things all the time. But the tentative end of the NBA lockout should bring a permanent end to the notion that ballplayers never, ever sacrifice individual gain for the common good.

Go ahead and credit David Stern for pulling the NBA from the brink of an unmitigated disaster, or the owners for making endgame concessions on system issues that allow for a little less restraint of trade.

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