Recently, season ticket holders received e-mail from whatever team they support. I won’t go into detail about the specifics of the letter; lets just say it was letting us know that the Lockout has begun!
I shouldn’t have been too shocked when I read it because I’ve been saying from day 1 the lockout was going to happen. Not because I can read the future, but because I could see what was at stake. No, this was not the same situation that the NFL just went through. (Honestly, I think both sides knew from day one they would open their season on time, they just needed time to work a few things out.) As we all found out, that’s exactly what happened. The NBA lockout, not that simple at all. Let me tell you why.
WHO WANTS WHAT?
Is this Lockout based on money? Yeah maybe a little, but its really based on something even bigger. (The players have already given back a lot of money to the owners, but the owners still are not happy.) You know what they want back even more than the money? P.O.W.E.R. aka C.O.N.T.R.O.L. If you don’t know what I mean, these two words might help: MIAMI HEAT! The commissioner and the owners goal is to make sure they never have another version of the “decision” happen again. Not because of the attention it brought because that is always a plus! It’s more about the consequences that came after Lebran James’s decision. (The Cavs went from a championship caliber team, to a YMCA team). The amazing part about the whole thing is that the owners could not do 1 thing to stop it! This is what the owners want to change, before they are willing to let the players come back and play. Their solution is a HARD salary cap. The players are saying, “not going to happen”. The owners are saying “yes it will, or the only dunking some of you will be doing will be dunking French fries in hot grease at Mickey D”s”. So fans, yes, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.