ALL-STAR 2019: Decoding Anthony Davis’ confusing Media Day”I hear all these clowns on TV talking about, ‘It’s great that all these players are exuding these powers,’” Barkley said. “Let me tell you something. Workers ain’t never going to have power over their ownerships. Ever. It might work for a couple guys here or there. But in the history of the world, no workers have ever overtaken the people who own a business.”And when these guys are sitting home, locked out in a couple years, I want you all to remember I told you that.”Commissioner Adam Silver, naturally, had a different view of the situation when he met with the media here at the Spectrum Center on Saturday. The issue of star players leaving their markets is concerning, he said, but the current collective-bargaining agreement runs through 2023-24, and he expects there will be a peaceable solution.”I think, as we have a terrific relationship with the Players Association now, we have many years to go before we sit back down at the table for collective bargaining,” Silver said. “But I strongly believe that as people who are increasingly sophisticated and get involved in these games and study these systems, incredible people working with the players associations and our teams, that we can still come up with a better system to create more competition.”There is some irony here, though, and Silver acknowledged that. Going back to the 2011 lockout, the league has sought to find ways to entice star players to stay with the teams that drafted them, giving them the opportunity to give those players a bigger payout.There’s also a rule that allows teams and players to agree to a contract extension early, offering the player the chance to inform the team that he does not want to stay put. That was supposed to create more leeway for teams to trade stars and get fair value, without operating under the threat of a public trade demand.Instead, we’ve seen teams tossed into turmoil, often a full 18 months ahead of the player’s free agency. It happened with Paul George in Indiana, Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio and now, Davis and the Pels.MORE: Pelicans have one choice to make with Anthony Davis”The notion of extending a year earlier is so you could have that conversation with the player,” Silver said, “and the player told you behind closed doors, of course, ‘I’m going to honor my contract, but I don’t plan on staying at the end of it.’ The team would be in a position to get fair value for the player.”Once again, the law of unintended consequences, it hasn’t worked as precisely as we had planned.”Now, the issue will be how to fix the problem. The league will struggle to keep 30 teams competitive if the small handfuls of legitimate superstars congregate on a few teams. Silver said he’d be happy to lean on the good relationship he has with NBPA executive director Michele Roberts for solutions, and there’s still a half-decade left to find answers.But Barkley is suggesting that there’s no easy answer, and a confrontation between owners and star players is inevitable as long as players keep demanding to play together, hurting their former teams in the process. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — TNT analyst and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley offered a blunt assessment the other night of the state of play between NBA players and teams. Referencing the trade request made by (soon-to-be-ex-) Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, which ultimately flopped, Barkley looked ahead to some depressing times. Rather than celebrating Davis’ move as an attempt, as Davis put it, “to take control of (my) career,” Barkley saw the inevitability of New Orleans losing Davis as a bellwether for tough times to come. Because, in the end, every time a player takes control of his career to go to a bigger market to team up with another star, a franchise like the Pelicans is left to dig out of the rubble. “If you keep raiding these small markets, it’s not a good business model,” Barkley said. “I don’t think these players understand, this thing is about business. Everybody is making a lot of money, but now with the advent of the superteams, we are going to raid the small markets and they’re going to become extinct — and that’s not a good business model… “In the next couple years, when they redo the CBA, them owners are going to say, ‘OK, you all want to play together, and we don’t have any competitive balance, let’s see what’s going to happen.’”It will be five years. But yes, let’s.