Or are we going to watch both sides become even more entrenched in their respective negotiation positions? We'll be hearing from the fans all day, and we will have a separate post for that. In the meantime, here are some other links for your enjoyment/time-wasting.
As we wrote earlier, Dwyane Wade made news when he said that NBA superstars' salaries would skyrocket if the salary cap were removed, thus making superstar salaries a bargain at current prices. However, Ziller writes that there is an even greater deal at teams' disposal. Thunder fans should know this all too well.
This FAQ, being written by Coon, Abbott, and Stein, may be a running feature. We'll keep an eye on it to see if the post gets updated.
Simmons lets go of some steam in taking to task everyone involved with the CBA fiasco, including one group, the superagents, who have gone through this relatively unscathed despite the fact that they're driving most of what divides the groups.
Three sides to every story.
This quote, coming from one of mediator George Cohen's peers, is promising:
"This arbritrator is an extraordinary individual...The thing about him is, he's not just good, fair, insightful. He doesn't have a big ego, there's no pretense to him. It would be impossible for the owners not to respect this man. I've met thousands of lawyers in my life. He may be the best one I've ever seen."
Rovell pens an open letter to Mr. Hunter, making the stakes plain as can be. The players have no leverage, and the only thing that could have given them leverage went out the window a long time ago.
Aldridge splashes some cold water on the realistic notion of "competitive balance." At the end of the day, the NBA simply is not like other pro sports, and the influence of the superstar is the reason why.
More links after the jump.
Young examines ESPN's player rankings, wondering if the 15 spot is fair for Russell Westbrook. While there is some luster in the players immediately behind Westbrook (Tim Duncan, Rajon Rondo), the argument for me is this: a top 15 player should have the ability to be able to win games by himself. Can Westbrook do that? Really, if you watched the Thunder last season (especially the first 30 games) you shouldn't even have to ask that question.
This is a good piece, part of a series, that works sort of like a "...For Dummies" guide to understanding advanced statistics. I missed the first two posts, but you can find them embedded at the link.
This is a bit wonky, but if you're interested in listening to the guys pull apart the vagaries of the lockout, this is worth a listen.
The players' foothold is sliding; while they may regain a better grip in the future, it will almost certainly be lower than where they are now.
The logo, Jerry West, is one of the most important figures in the history of the NBA, and now his willingness to go on the record to describe his battle with depression should only increase the admiration due to him.
Mama, there goes that man.
Russell Westbrook makes the list, but surprisingly, David Stern does not.
Nice payoff at the end, Evil Ted.
Westbrook admires Lamar Odom's dedication to nutrition.