"CBS wanted to pay Charlie Sheen $20 million for Two and a Half Men.” Sheen’s reputation is far more compromised and unseemly than LeBron James’ or even Kobe Bryant’s. James and Bryant work harder at basketball than Sheen does at acting.
“What I don’t like is people misconstruing us standing up for ourselves as whining,” Nash said. “I’m not whining. I’m a businessman, like it or not, standing up for what I believe is fair and the principles I believe in and make this model viable. It’s a business situation. A fan could say, ‘Well, you’re turning your back on the fans of the game.’ And you know what? We take some responsibility for that. But the owners take a great, great responsibility in that. . .
“They want us to go out there and be these angelic sports heroes, and then when we get in a negotiation, they’re going to make us look bad.”