We are in day one of the much expected lockout of NBA players by the league’s collective ownership after the expiration of the CBA last night. Both sides have admitted further talks will be put on hold for the next couple weeks, but already speculation is running rampant about just how long of a extended absence the league could potentially have.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports even has a sobering piece this morning on speculating how some owners, including C’s part-owner Wyc Grousbeck may be willing to wait before more basketball is played:
These fights are always about one thing: pain tolerance.
The owners believe they have more tolerance than the players, believe that pain comes with missed checks in November and December and perhaps, finally, a complete cave with time to rush a shortened 50-game regular season and playoffs. Back in the labor talks of 2005, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck would say over and over in the negotiating sessions: The lockout is an investment.
Grousbeck smartened up, kept that thought to himself, but rest assured the mindset hasn’t changed. He’s one of the owners believed to be willing to lose the next season, along with Phoenix’s Robert Sarver. The list goes on and on. The NBA goes away for the summer now, and nothing will get serious again until September when Stern will have to start canceling games in the 2011-12 season.
Now it’s far too early to begin the blame game when it comes to this work stoppage. When the weeks turn into months, and if and when games begin to get canceled, there will plenty of time for that. It is a scary notion however that this team’s last and probably best chance at an NBA Title for the foreseeable future could go up in smoke this year, because of an “investment.”
In case you need to brush up on your lockout reading, here are a number of must-read articles around the Internet, to get a better sense of all the issues and posturing at hand here. And while, the players may be locked out, the break does not carry over to us here at CelticsHub where we remain committed to giving you C’s coverage and analysis throughout the stoppage.