We've got several stories that showed up today that are bringing to the forefront the seeming randomness of how the league is treating player and team interactions. On one hand, you have a GM who cannot even give a one word answer to a reporter question, and on the other you've got an owner hamming it up with his teammates on a celebrity stage.
Max Trueblood makes another entry at DT to try to unravel the CBA problems. The one key element that stuck out to me was his recommendation to create a staggered revenue-sharing program, which balances out the discrepancies between large and small TV revenue markets.
The Mavericks were deemed the best team at last night's ESPY's. It isn't difficult to see why - their team narrative was a remarkable arc that spanned half a decade, covered several continents, and involved a walkabout.
Here is the full run-down of all last night's winners, if you're into that sort of thing. And with a lockout going on, I think you'd be hard-pressed to say that you have much else to keep you interested.
The current deal the NBA has with TV runs through 2016, and as we've noted, now seems painfully one-sided. Forbes estimates that when the time comes for a contract extension, the NBA may be able to demand up to $1.2 billion per year, a 30% jump. That sounds awesome, however...I've never negotiated a TV deal, but isn't this the exact type of scenario that keeps getting the NBA in trouble, where they start negotiating long term contract extensions years before the current one even expires?
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As players have gotten richer and more recognized, so too as the trouble that follows them. Here is one company that helps to keep them safe, and I would imagine it is both comforting and a bit sad to realize this modern reality.
Here is part 2 of the Yao Ming retrospective. This time around, Kang looks at how Yao presented himself as an immigrant and eventually won over the league with his personalty and charm.
Over a decade ago, sportscaster and baseball angel Bob Costas put forth a revenue sharing plan that actually sounds reasonable on paper, at least at first glance. At least it is based on some fundamental concepts like property rights and not a fictitious panacea that cures all things.
Need another wall poster? Consider the LeBron Units standard of measure. Since LeBron James has statistically been the best player for years now, the WoW guys normalize everyone's stats in terms of LeBron's wins produced. I hope I'm not giving too much away when I state that Andrea Bargnani is the worst LeBron clone in existence. In other words, he has the potential of turning a LeBron into Keith Bogans.
They continue their countdown of the top D-I college basketball players, and today's allotment are players 51-70.
We've seen the Drew League and the Goodman League, and now here comes the NC Pro-Am summer league, featuring Wizards phenom John Wall.
Union head Billy Hunter has sent a memo to players saying that the union supports them pursuing their own professional endeavors in other countries as the lockout goes on. I hope he and his brain trust have thought this through thoroughly, because while I think it's a good leverage tactic, I'm hoping that it doesn't expose the players to risk of which they are currently unaware.
Dwyer continues to hammer the league for its double-standards in what they will and will not allow in terms of team management communicating with the players.
The Trail Blazers GM was asked by a reporter if he thought the summer league would be canceled. He responded, "Yeah." He was soon threatened with a million dollar fine. Usher would be so ticked off by now.
Which makes me wonder...
Did Mark Cuban have to get special permission to appear in the same state as his players?
Kobe Bryant made an appearance in the Philippines for a exhibition game. He managed to suit up for both teams and by the look of it, made a good connection with the NBA fans there.
Nazr Mohammed took to Twitter to support the team staff that are also suffering through this lockout. I have a feeling his Tweets are in direct response to this.
Ok, yeah, this was pretty well done. The Tyson Chandler part is probably my favorite.