You can't take that element out of the equation.
It's like saying, "Well, if my company hadn't paid me as much as they are contractually obligated to, I would not have made as much money last year."
ETA: But you still bring up a good point, even if you didn't mean to. The lockout wasn't really about owners vs. players. It was about a group of "large market" owners against the rest. The big guys wanted to get rid of revenue sharing, while guys like Richardson didn't. So they took advantage of the end of the CBA to try to get money from the players in order to minimize the damage between each other.
This post was edited on 3/8 at 8:23 am