Let say there is no season. The NBA cancelled the 2011-2012 season. The players decertified and are going to court saying they were harmed with the salary constraints.
Problem #1: There is no season. There is no revenue to support paying the players. What income would the individual players be suing over? This is a scenario that has never happened before. A player suing a league/team saying unfair labor practices in terms of pay when the season has been cancelled. League counters saying there is no season so there are no wages.
How can you sue an employer that doesn't have work for you? You made $5million a year when there was an NBA season but now that all games are cancelled your salary is now ZERO. Instead of paying scabs, and thus strenghening the Players case, the NBA just decided to flat out cancel all games. All your leverage in respect of losing your salary is now gone.
Not only did you decertify, but the league has now VOIDED all contracts with the Union because the Union no longer exists. As a basketball player, you are now on your own. There is no Union to help you out. You have to get your own lawyer (and pay him) and hope that the courts will deem the NBA as breaking Anti-Trust Laws regarding your pay.
The one big problem is that there is no pay for anybody. The season was cancelled.