The waters ahead look rough and foreboding for the lockout negotiations. Also, Serge Ibaka may stay in Spain. Good times.
Ibaka has signed on for two months with Spain's team. He was nationalized in Spain a few months ago in order to compete in Eurobasket, and apparently he likes it there. Fair enough, but I bet he'll start to miss all of that great American cuisine after a while.
Our Jazz brethren pick up on a great study of the Utah Jazz ownership group and examine how this small market franchise has been able to thrive.
I think this article is more speculation than true possession of inside knowledge, but the speculation is not without merit. The mystery man seems to be the Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck.
One of the great mysteries in this lockout is how the owners and players view the fans. Up to this point, I think it is a no-brainer that the players think the fans are much more fickle in their spending habits than the owners do. I think the players are probably right.
Simmons gets a lengthy interview with Union head Billy Hunter and does his best to get answers from a man who is almost as polished in giving non-answers as David Stern is.
This writer actually has some legitimate bona fides (he's a former NBA beat writer) and his article here is earning him high praise in various circles. However, to take a contrarian position, I just find it highly dubious that Stern and Hunter are somehow orchestrating an "Oceans 11" type charade when the men sitting behind them are much more powerful than they. In the movies, we call such things "plot holes."
It seems like all parties involved were kind of waiting for this moment.
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Something seems afoot in Oregon, as Paul Allen emerged as a lockout voice at seemingly the worst possible time.
One thing is for certain, the lockout has received plenty of visibility. Maybe that's not what the author means, however.
And here is where Kelly Dwyer reaches his tipping point. One after another, they all fall.
The total includes about 200 in the NBA's league office and another 200 spread out across the 30 teams.
Who would have thought that organizing a globe-trotting tour involving multiple countries would prove so difficult.
One thing I have learned - emotion, even negative emotion, is still better than indifference.
We have heard repeatedly that players knew what was on the horizon and so have been preparing for such eventualities. Jeff Foster, who usually showed up in the news for getting dunked on, has set himself up quite nicely.
I am reminded of Simmons' "intellectual capital" comment that got him in so much hot water recently. This is sort of a real life example of what he was talking about. There is a difference between intelligence and competency, and if someone has not been trained in how to do such things as organize a basketball game, well, that incompetence is going to eventually show.