Did NBA Give Players An Explicit Threat At Start Of Lockout?

Ben Gordon talked to Jonathan Abrams for Grantland. Brian Packey of SB Nation's Pistons blog Detroit Bad Boys points out one hell of an interesting quote from the guard.

When the NBA announced the lockout, they sent a letter out that said staff members from the team are not allowed to have contact, et cetera, et cetera. Number nine on the letter pretty much says any serious injury you might acquire while the lockout is going on can void your contract. So right now, my risk tolerance is pretty low.

This is pretty astounding, considering that players get injured every offseason -- in workouts, in scrimmages, in international competition. (Ask Elton Brand, Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili, Francisco Garcia, Tyreke Evans, Tony Parker, Rodrigue Beaubois, etc.)

We're checking with the NBA to find out whether that letter went directly to players or if Gordon copped it from a team employee before the lockout was officially on. Either way, this seems rather dicey.

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