Unfortunately for anyone that still cares about the NBA, it doesn't look like the Lockout will be ending anytime soon. In fact, it's quite possible that we'll miss the entire season. Things have deteriorated so badly that it's looking more and more likely that the collective idiocy of the Owners and Players will squander the season, billions of dollars, and the sky-high interest, goodwill, and momentum of the NBA as we've recently known it.
And it's really quite unfortunate.
If you've got anything to add, or just want to vent about things as they currently stand, let it all go in the Livefyre Comments in this thread. Let's hear what's on your mind! There's no reason to hold anything back, as we won't exactly have much of anything else actually basketball related to discuss in the near future.
I guess where I'm at is this, and I'm really trying hard to have an unbiased perspective in this comment here, because the scathing anti-owner rhetoric despite its truth is just getting to be way too repetitive. (In truth I get more and more infuriated with the owners by the day). However, before getting into it, it needs to be reminded that the players have publicly stated system is more important than BRI. One must also remember the players negotiated down to 52.5 and now 51% of BRI. They have all but devalued it. So I guess riddle me this:
1. Just what on earth is so wrong about the system proposal currently on the table, to the point where Derek Fisher would go on national TV with tears in his eyes and play the victim card, and all but flat out ASK his brethren to blow up and treat this proposal with nothing but negative emotion? The players are going to decertify because they no longer have 5 years on the already ludicrous MLE that has caused immensely more harm than good for everyone but the players who signed the deal? Because the FOUR (yes, FOUR) tax paying teams have a reduced MLE? Because those four teams cannot do sign and trades of which a grand total of five have occurred in the last six years? Because of a steeper tax line, a cutoff that the vast majority of teams treated as a hard cap anyways to the point where they gift away players and draft picks to get as much as $2 million off the books? Can someone please, without bias or emotion, explain just what is the big, dramatic, emotional, doomsday problem here? The system is nearly the same! I just do not understand why this is worth destroying the NBA over.
2. All along, despite collective disagreement among fans and greed, the owners have been perfectly clear on their goals for the league in getting more money and creating parity among the distribution of big contracts for all 30 teams (that how I like to look at it vs. 'competitive balance'). The players, rather than build a proposal with those goals in mind, have blindly kept dropping their BRI without giving in on the final points of the system proposal that address those needs and goals of the owners who decided on that direction (since they run the league). As if them dropping another percentage point will get the owners to drop their entire list of goals as it pertains to this? It just doesn't make any sense, despite how I feel about the owners, why the players have approached it this way.
That's where I'm at. I'm NOT pro-owner here so please let's not get into a fault argument here. I just do not agree with the way Fisher handled himself the other night, taking away the rationality of this.
I'll start it off with a great, great article from my homie 'Lives' over at Knicks Fanatics Blog. This is a must-read:
"Five Truths NBA Fans Should Know About The BRI Lie" - http://knicksfanaticsblog.com/2011-articles/november-2011/five-truths-nba-fans-should-know-about-the-bri-lie.html
I guess I just don't see why the union and rank and file seem so surprised. They KNEW what the owners wanted. Their goals. Like dropping 1.5 pts of BRI will make the owners abandon this? This should not be surprising to any player in the slightest.
@WallyWorld It is because the Owners "goals" are unreasonable, they are not making any concessions, and not negotiating in good faith. The Owners have leverage in the form of just being super rich. That is what I think is the biggest issue here.
If there was any give and take at all, I am sure the Players would agree to more of the system changes. As it is, the Players have already made basically every system concession as well as dropping their BRI numbers.