So we are in the midst of an NBA Lockout/Lawsuit right now. We went from what became “media frenzy” with coverage galore, to almost total silence on that side of the ball. I don’t know about your guys, but I like it and I hate it. At least when there was discussion going on at that hotel in
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My evenings have been filled with more free time since the lawsuit has been filed. I mean, I started using Twitter heavily right before the marathon sessions began. I was using it to try to land interviews with our Bobcats players (Don’t forget to check out those interviews with Gerald Henderson and DJ White while you’re here. Matt Carroll’s is coming up soon). The negotiation sessions were an eye opener to me. So much data being “tweeted” to the public, plus you have players and owners with access to the same media? How can someone know what is true and what is not? Believe me, I honestly believed that with every meeting, there was going to be some sort of resolution, and we would be attending and watching NBA games right now. That obviously was never the case. I actually believe that if there would have been some sort of way to keep the media out of the process, perhaps a deal could have been reached quickly. Do I miss my nights of sitting and reading Twitter posts? Honestly, I do a little because when I don’t see details, I worry that progress is not being made. On the other hand, my oldest son is about to try playing team basketball and I’m going to be an assistant coach. It is actually nice to have the time to teach 6-8 year old boys and girls the game. There will be no lockout talks, no BRI, no contract discussions, & no tweets among teams. We’ll just be teaching children who want to play and learn how to play basketball.
I actually have in my mind that this lawsuit may be the best thing for negotiations. No, I don’t like not knowing what is going on between the 2 parties. I do not like not knowing what one side is saying about the other. I do think, however, that with a limited ability to cover a lawsuit, it may make things easier for both sides to talk. It could be making things easier to set up a game plan for negotiations where the public doesn’t have to know what had to take place to get a deal done. It might just allow the 2 sides to settle their differences, get a deal down, and the public will only need to know that a deal was reached and an abbreviated basketball season will begin 30 days later. I know that this would be my perfect world scenario. We are all blind, being led into a room full of hopes and dreams…at least that is what we hope is in there. I really pray that this “who will blink first?” game ends immediately, and they try to get to a deal.
Will there be a deal? What will happen after there is a settlement, if there is a settlement? What will happen if there isn’t a settlement? Obviously, there would be the lawsuit that we would all have to suffer through. I still fall back on the premise that the longer this drags on, the bigger the problem becomes for the players AND owners to get the fans back. Obviously, this is a business, but what happens when the customers that fund the business lose interest? I pray that this doesn’t happen. I pray that this time where the media isn’t camped in a hotel lobby will provide the players and the owners the space and privacy needed for amends to be made. I hope they can come together and both sides are big enough that they can admit their faults, sort out the good and the bad, and walk away with a good, functioning CBA that players can be happy and proud of for the next 10 years.
I’m really hoping that this draws some discussion from our readers. I really don’t know what is going to happen. I really want to get more feedback from the fans in general. I know that I’ll come back to the Bobcats as soon as they are allowed to come back, but I’ll be limping back. I love the game and the team, and I long for the day that they are playing again, but I will be the first to admit that watching millionaires and billionaires argue over money when I’m debating on whether or not to fill my car up with gas because the gas price could drop, or jump, just because of some reason or no reason at all. It isn’t easy to watch everything that has transpired, but I know we will all be happy when it is over. In the mean time, we have the NCAA Basketball getting under way. That’s a good portion of the fall and winter that we will have the chance to see college basketball at its finest. We can scout and judge and decide who would be a good fit for our Bobcats whenever there is an NBA season again.
As for me, I’ll be working with 7 children for the next few months. I’ll be teaching them basic techniques in basketball so that they can decide for themselves if it is a sport that they enjoy playing. For me, it won’t be easy for me to teach children how to play when the basketball goals are only set at 8 feet. I started out with a 10 foot goal, an adult basketball, and a “granny-shot”. Times have changed, but I have a feeling that the low goal and the youth ball will be better so that we can actually teach proper forms and techniques. You never know, we may be teaching the next Michael Jordan or Lisa Leslie on our team. Whatever the case, if they enjoy playing hoops and are good enough to play at higher levels, they may someday get to the professional level, and they can even participate in a CBA negotiation session. What fun, what fun!
Don’t worry; I’ll not whisper a word about a lockout to them. They need to be playing because they love the game, not because they can argue over HOW MANY millions they could make if the BRI is set at…