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Topic - Walt Williams
It's been 13 years since a lockout caused a work stoppage in the NBA. Walt Williams remembers 1998 like it was yesterday.
Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams, who retired Thursday after 22 years at Maryland, took a program from under the cloud Len Bias' cocaine-induced death and NCAA sanctions to one that boasts a national championship and one of the largest on-campus arenas in the country.
"During our lockout, the owners were basically trying to get a bigger piece of the pie, and we weren't trying to give it up," Williams said. "They were trying to squeeze us, get more revenue, stop us from changing teams, lower the salary cap, limit what we could earn. Back then, they also said that a lot of team were losing money. We didn't believe it for a second."
"The players today have to stand firm as a unit," Williams said.