Nuclear winter. Jeopardy. Irresponsible. A charade.
This are just some of the exaggerated verbiage David Stern is using to describe the players rejecting the NBA’s newest CBA offer. Despite the disappointed father act Stern’s putting on, he is right about one thing. It is pretty irresponsible not to have an NBA season. Popularity was at an all time high and casual fans found enjoyment in loving or hating the fact that LeBron James was dominating the league. Are they really coming back after all this?
In the spirit of SNL’s take on Herman Cain (“proposing unworkable solutions to complicated problems”), I will attempt to explain what’s going on now and three sentences or less:
With the player’s rejecting the latest deal, they are going to decertify as a union in order to sue the NBA. This sets them up for months and months of legal back and forth, however since no one involved actually wants this an out-of-court settlement will likely take place.
It’s also possible this all could go the other way and Stern will cancel the season. (If you want a more robust breakdown, check out CelticsHub alum Zach Lowe’s post on SI).
Either way, this all sucks. Just plain ol’ sucks. Peter May of ESPNBoston.com, seems to think it sucks a little more for the Celtics than everyone else:
“It’s going to hurt the Celtics, that’s for sure. They are your proverbial “small-window” team in terms of being able to compete for a championship, and with one year removed, that window has gotten smaller or even is about to be closed. Neither Kevin Garnett nor Ray Allen is under contract for 2012-13. (Mercifully, neither is Jermaine O’Neal.)”
I think this is a bit over-simplified. There will most likely be a mechanism for resigning a team’s former players in the new CBA and if anyone could benefit from not having the wear and tear of an NBA season, it’s Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce. Do you really think Garnett and Allen will be that much more over-the-hill next October than they are now?
It’s hard to say who is in the right and who is in the wrong between the owners and the players, but I will say that the indisputable victim in all of this is my girlfriend. If you’ve been watching TrueHoopTV, then you know that I am growing a “lockout beard”.
You have no idea how hard it is to eat with this thing. I’m thinking of morphing this into the James Harden beard for my rec league playoffs but I’m still undecided. Anyone can grow a beard, that just takes time. But if I can pull this off, then that would be really impressive.