If Dame did the same comments and demands as Simmons I may think similar, as you said they have acted totally differently. I think many people don't side with players because its a slap in the face to fans of the team and these guys make more money than others can dream of playing a game for entertainment. Then they fail to back up that contract. Of course owners make a boatload, but they paid a boatload as well. None of the players put in $2 billion of their own money to be a part of the league as many owners have done. Some players want the guarantee of $ if they get injured but don't honor the commitment to the team if the team struggles. Whats the point of a contract at all then if all the downside is on the team? Why not have all players play on one year deals? I'm fine if Ben makes these demands, but if the team doesn't trade him, he loses fan interest, and he doesn't get paid I'm fine with that as well. I'd welcome seeing some examples of this behavior backfire on the player because it seems all of these examples get the player what he wants while often hurting the team.