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JaVale McGee on NBA lockout: "Some guys in there ready to fold"

October 14, 2011 |  3:27 pm

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The NBA players union meeting is still going on, but Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee ducked out early for an unspecified meeting. That's pretty ridiculous, but I digress. McGee said he was "very disappointed" at the turnout, which he estimated to be between 25 and 30 players.

But that wasn't the most startling nugget McGee offered. That involved the meeting's tenor.

"There's some definitely some guys in there who are ready to fold," he said. "But there are some guys -- the majority -- who are ready to stand strong."

He still maintained that the union stands strong after they "threw some facts" to the players who feel it's best to cut a deal even if it doesn't suit their desires. When I asked what those facts were, McGee said, "That stays in the meeting."

McGee has since tweeted, "I never said anyone is ready to fold! Media always wanna turn it!" Umm, too bad every single reporter has the interview on tape. Here's the audio file.  

JaVale McGee


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Photo: Derek Fisher, president of the NBA players' union, talks to reporters after Friday's lengthy negotiating session. Credit: Michael Cohen / Getty Images / Sept. 30, 2011