Former ESPN writer Chris Sheridan has launched a new hoops site featuring a number of luminaries from the world of NBA journalism. His first salvo arrived yesterday and it’s reason for hope for any NBA fans hoping to see a full 2011-12 season.
Sheridan characterizes the gap between current union and ownership proposals as “nowhere near as significant as what is being put out there publicly” and goes onto paint a prospective timeline for resolution of all issues between the two sides:
Oct. 1: An agreement is reached on aggregate dollars.
Oct. 4: All remaining issues are settled.
Oct. 5-19: The agreement is put into writing.
Oct. 20: Free agency opens and players already under contract are allowed to report to their teams.
Oct. 21-31: Training camps are held, and each team plays two exhibition games.
Nov. 1: The season opens on time, with three games: Bulls-Mavericks and Thunder-Lakers in a TNT doubleheader, along with Rockets-Jazz.
There has been a gentle thawing in rhetorical intensity over the last few weeks. With the players and owners already scheduled to meet Wednesday, and with potential followup meetings as soon as Thursday and Friday this week, we may finally be moving beyond two years of posturing and running-in-place and towards an actual deal.