After watching the craziness that unfolded throughout the summer with the NFL players and owners, it would not have been unreasonable to hope that the NBA might have learned something from the almost fiasco that the gridiron guys almost had.
Sadly, that has not been the case.
It was bad enough when the announcement was made that the first couple weeks were being cancelled, but now we are talking about no hoops by Christmas time either?
Lunacy I tell you; absolute lunacy.
Now we have reports about some stars saying that the players are ready to ditch the whole season in order to ensure that a fair and just agreement is reached. We’re also hearing that a lot of the not so superstars—the worker bees (non-starters and role players) — are ready to fold so they can get back to work?
Again, I have to say it—lunacy; absolute lunacy.
The owners have to shoulder some of the blame for this mess; they shouldn’t have agreed to such a player friendly deal last time. As a result of that, they are trying to take back too much all at once. I understand why, but last I checked there are no mulligans in negotiations.
For the sake of the game, it might not be a bad thing for the players to hold their ground. Those that need the paycheck have the option to go overseas and play; if they aren’t good enough to make one of those rosters maybe they don’t belong in the NBA. As for thee superstars—they seem to be doing just fine getting their fix of adulation playing in charity and exhibition games anyway.
Heck, I don’t see why one of the superstars (or a group of them) don’t just form a few teams in one of the foreign markets in order to give more of the support and role players some game time not to mention the money they can make with a team of NBA players.
Losing any more games this season would suck. If the whole season gets lost it would be a travesty. The forgotten victims in this whole mess are all the support people that make their living working at the arenas as security, concessions, and the many other tasks that are needed to make game day go. If either the owners or players really want to garner public support they should think about doing something for those people.
Should it come to a point where the season will be cancelled, you better believe that both sides will look to give ground on anything and everything to make sure that it does not happen again. If they did, it could spell the end for the NBA which would in turn leave a void that will need to be filled. With the way that foreign owners have pursued some NBA players could you just see the money that could be made with a true planetary competition? World Basketball Association anyone?
Yes, I know—its lunacy. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time something crazy became reality.