The CBA negotiation is scheduled to resume today, and unlike last time, the major players will be involved. Honestly, I doubt that very much will get resolved today, because I don't think they yet feel like they need to resolve anything. Perhaps I'm being cynical, but I tend to look at today's meeting as an outward showing by the league and NBPA to convey that, yes, we're still trying to hammer out a deal. Maybe so. I doubt it.
A quick rehash here as to how far apart both parties are in finding a comfortable middle-ground. At this point, I think the greater negotiation is between union head Billy Hunter and the players he supposedly represents.
New Thunder draft pick Reggie Jackson provides his take on what happened during draft night, and does his best to put to rest the rumors that OKC or any team had promised to draft him.
FIBA announced Friday it would clear NBA players under contract to play in its leagues during the work stoppage, provided the deals they sign come with opt-out clauses.
In a ruling that paves the way for players to earn a paycheck, FIBA agreed with NBA and players' association officials that players are free to sign anywhere but do so at their own risk of injury.
SB Nation's Mike Prada ranks all 30 franchise GM's. OKC GM Sam Presti comes in at #2, ranked behind only Pat Riley. You will never guess who is last.
Young comments on Prada's ranking above, noting that one of the things that Presti has been able to do is get everybody to buy into his system. In 2008, we saw the Boston Celtics ride a philosophy called "ubuntu," which helped bring them together as a team. In a sense, the Thunder's philosophy goes even deeper, because it stretches up even to management.
This is a great post on the difference between "competitive balance" and "balance sheet balance." No matter how the money gets redistributed, there is no antidote for the fact that there is a scarcity of truly elite franchise-altering talent.
It is the new golden age of point guards, but as this one writer notes, it also means the end of a brilliant stretch from some great power forwards, led by all-time great Tim Duncan.
More links after the jump.
In case you missed it, the MLB team Seattle Mariners hosted "Seattle Sonics" night this past Friday. Apparently the NBA was aware of the event, and it was in fact being entirely promoted by the Mariners ball club.
Just for you, the top five Sonics hair-do's. Perms and Jheri-curls abound.
Here is a good examination of how far askew fans' perceptions are of individual players, in particular those who attend All-Star Games. There are a few Thunder players on this list, so give it a look.
NBA referee Mark Wunderlich had his house burglarized by a friend. Instead of unleashing justifiable indignation, Wunderlich saw past his own emotions and had compassion on his perpetrator.
Put aside the fact that former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury is in financial troubles, because that really shouldn't be all that surprising. Buried in this story is the fact that apparently Marbury had a $75 MILLION dollar real estate business. Just when I think the NBA lifestyle can't surprise me anymore, along comes guys like Stephon to renew my hope in expecting the unexpected.
Some things just have a way of explaining themselves over time.
Mark Jackson, starring as Tobias Funke. I'm afraid I just blue myself.