Pick the NBA Lockout

Pick the NBA Lockout

Welp, here we are.

As of midnight Eastern time the NBA locks it’s doors to the players (and their likenesses on all websites controlled by the NBA. Really?!)

I’m already in the bunker with Twinkies, bottled water and several digital copies of the 1995 Finals. Hope died when the players elected not to provide a counterproposal. -Matt Moore

It didn’t have to come to this.

If this thing drags into October or beyond, say goodbye to the short-lived new golden era of the NBA.

Why they’d let things get to that point is beyond reasonable comprehension, but this is the slippery slope the owners have chosen. So enjoy the weirdness, if that is possible, while it lasts. And if and when it turns ugly, remember that it need not have come to this.

On the afternoon when the sides could have taken steps toward making a deal, they instead shook hands, made nice and parted ways amicably, like fools.

And barring an abrupt U-turn, those fools are going to continue down the road to self-destruction well into the winter. -Chris Sheridan

It’s maddeningly ironic that the last time the NBA was in the midst of a golden age, setting new ratings marks and drawing Casual Fan in like moths to a flame, they decidedly set things back a decade over a relative fistful of dollars.

“We’ve run into situations where teams have either mismanaged spending, overpaid staff, or made decisions on rosters and personnel that weren’t in their best interest — things that we’re now being asked to take the hit for.” -Derek Fisher, via Larry Coon

It’s complicated, yet so simple at the same time. Both sides know damn well what they have to do –what they really want. The mud here is always slung for same means to an end, and always has been.

So you think a franchise tag and a hard cap will fix it?

Think about it. Really think about it.

Well, we managed to get a dynamic, interesting league with lots of player movement that drives fan interest constantly and allows teams to rectify decisions that don’t work out. I know! Let’s scrap it! -Matt Moore, honorary doctorate-holding member of Team Sarcasm Font

Do you really want one uber-rich superstar on each of 30 teams, a prospect that removes freedom of choice from the equation to a frightening extent, making a model for clonism, the very thing that ripped NASCAR from it’s lofty heights a handful of years ago just as it had gained so much momentum that it was far and away the fastest growing of any spectator sport.

Do you really want the same model that’s tearing monetary middle America apart, a solution where two players are pulling in 20 million and the other dozen on the roster get to squabble over endless breadsticks about the remaining 20 bones?

The league even has something like a team-by-team hard cap right now. The many constraints on pay (a maximum of 15 players, the rookie scale, the midlevel exception, maximum contracts, etc.) make it possible to spend only so much. If you have $200 million a year to blow on salaries, you simply would not be able to get it done under the current CBA, no matter how hard Isiah Thomas might have tried. -Henry Abbott

I teeter-tottered on the fence for quite some time on the issue, and while there is still time it would be foolhardy for all parties involved –and yes, that means you too, The Fan, because you are involved and your voice will be heard, believe it– to let this fester and ferment one day –nay!– one hour longer than it has to.

So far, neither side seems to be negotiating in earnest. There has been no urgency, and both camps have dug in, resigned to the inevitability of a lockout that is now imminent. And if this delay in taking the negotiations seriously in favor of juvenile posturing leads to missed games, it won’t be the millionaires or the billionaires who suffer the most. -Jared Wade

I’m with the players. People spend money to watch players play, not owners own. -J.A. Adande

*Player’s salaries have stayed even with inflation. Essentially this means their pay has not been going up.

*Owners have been increasing their spending. Management’s operating costs (per their own numbers) have been going up at five times the level of inflation (that’s a lot).

*Even in the ideal case for the owners with the new CBA these problems will repeat themselves in 2020.

*The Owners are asking the players to take a pay hit to make up for bad management practices.

Via David Berri, whom you should be reading regularly for his ability to put extremely complicated circumstances into terms even a monkey humping a deflated Spalding could understand.

There is good and bad to both sides right now, and they both need to give in a little. I like the current system in the NBA and think it just needs a few tweaks instead of a massive overhaul. -Zach Harper

I tend to side with Henry Abbott when he says, “I disagree with the assessment that the two sides are worlds apart.”

There’s no reason for this to be a long, drawn-out affair. Take greed out of it, put a little sympathy in, and it will be resolved before the NFL can say “I object, Your Honor!”

Failing that, all the NBA will be left with are a handful of YouTube fanatics and apathy out the ears.

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You can follow Clint on Twitter at @Clintonite33

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