Williams: I remember talking to Billy and David and asking them when this lockout was going to end. Billy would say, “It`s not my fault. Call David. David would say, “It`s not for me to call Billy.” They both had big egos at the time and didn`t succeed. My problem is the impasse — that`s what pissed me over than anything. The nba`s blockade in 2011 was a war of desires. The owners wanted the NBA to work more like the NFL, with unsecured contracts to free up underperforming players. The current example is the weakening of Rashard Lewis, who made an average of $21 million over the last two years of his contract. The new agreement provides for a sharing of basketball-related revenues between owners and players, about $2 billion for each page in its current form. Players may earn up to 51 percent or even 49 percent, depending on whether the league exceeds or exceeds expectations. The players had won 57 percent. The union had previously filed an unfair labor complaint against the League with the National Labor Relations Board for unfair bargaining practices, lamenting that the NBA`s goal is to avoid meaningful negotiations while awaiting the lockout. Plumber: The bargaining committee was only able to recommend an agreement because our Constitution must ratify a collective agreement by a majority of members. The union rejected the offer on November 9 and called for a new round of negotiations.
 The two parties met again at the end of the deadline. After two days of negotiations, the owners submitted a revised final offer and said they would end negotiations. If accepted by the players, Stern hoped to start a 72-game season in mid-December.  On November 14, the union rejected the latest offer and dissolved the union.  The NBPA was transformed into a trade association that allowed individual players to participate in a class action against the league and characterized the lockout as an illegal group.    Lawyer David Boies, who represented NFL owners when they closed in 2011, agreed to represent the players and join keesler, who also represented players in the NFL blockade.  On November 15, a group of NBA players (including Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Kawhi Leonard and Leon Powe) filed a complaint against the NBA in federal court in California, while another (including Anthony Tolliver, Ben Gordon, Caron Butler and Derrick Williams) filed their own complaint against the NBA in federal court in Minnesota.  November 15 was also the day when players were to receive their first pay cheques when the season was played.  The NBPA had strong leadership.