Saturday, September 17, 2011
Hmm this is getting interesting
Some thoughts on the NBA lockout ...
The lockout has lasted most of the summer.
There’s been a lot of recent bluster from the owners and players about the start of the season being threatened.
One can probably forget about training camp opening on time on Oct. 3.
Everyone seems to be forgetting something: Some of the players are close to being broke. They live paycheck-to-paycheck, just like many of us do. When they start losing paychecks — their first check is scheduled for Nov. 15, I’m told — that’s when this is going to hit home with the players.
Some players — no names please! — are starting to freak out. They need money to survive and continue to live their lavish lifestyle. There’s a lot of money at stake. The owners want to prove their point and make sure they get the upper hand.
That’s why there’s a good chance games will now be lost. The owners better be sure they know what they’re doing. Public opinion is not necessarily on their side.
Many agents think the players’ best course of action is to decertify. Union head Billy Hunter said he’s not even thought about decertification. Why hasn’t he? Observers say if the players decertify, Hunter will lose his job.
Both sides have to move fast in order to save the season. If even part of the season is lost, the NBA might never get those fans back.
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