Sections

Search for Posts

Contributors

"Maybe DeShawn Stevenson was right about me…”

"Maybe DeShawn Stevenson was right about me…”

"But I still get to announce the second round of the labor negotiations, right, David?"

"But I still get to announce the second round of the labor negotiations, right, David?"

We’re back.
— David Stern & Billy Hunter
Lockout casualties continue to pile up. Today, Goran “White Magic” Dragic signed with Spanish team Caja Laboral for the duration of the lockout. The Slovenian Dragic chose Spain due to his European roots, the high level of play of la Liga ACB, and the fact that his tormenter, Sasha Vujacic, already signed in Turkey. Vujacic’s Besiktas team did not qualify for the Euroleague regular season, so Goran will enjoy a Machine-free year abroad, though he will face stiff competition for playing time from fellow lockout casualty Reggie Williams.

Lockout casualties continue to pile up. Today, Goran “White Magic” Dragic signed with Spanish team Caja Laboral for the duration of the lockout. The Slovenian Dragic chose Spain due to his European roots, the high level of play of la Liga ACB, and the fact that his tormenter, Sasha Vujacic, already signed in Turkey. Vujacic’s Besiktas team did not qualify for the Euroleague regular season, so Goran will enjoy a Machine-free year abroad, though he will face stiff competition for playing time from fellow lockout casualty Reggie Williams.

pic: fuckyeahairjordan
Calling this his BRI split face. Still G.O.A.T. though. He’s still the G.O.A.T.

pic: fuckyeahairjordan

Calling this his BRI split face. Still G.O.A.T. though. He’s still the G.O.A.T.

Too many empty arenas tonight. 

Kevin Durant played some intramural flag football on Halloween. And as the guy who invited him to the game on twitter said, “He’s just the nicest guy ever.”

There’s more you can do in a bigger place. I’m stuck in a tough position because I feel like right now, where I’m at, I’ve done so much. And I just don’t know what else I can do.

Dwight Howard giving the city of Orlando a collective groan.

To Dwyane Wade’s point, what the owners side of labor negotiations perhaps is not acknowledging is that the small market-big market dynamic in the NBA is as much, if not more, about taste than it is money.

This is not baseball where, year to year, big market advantage is predicated almost entirely on payroll. And this is not the NFL where teams, large or small, can build success from compiling and then retooling multiple parts.

In the NBA one or two players can make your franchise, be it L.A. or Oklahoma City. And if they leave your small market it’s not strictly a matter of money. San Antonio and Utah were lucky enough to draft Hall of Fame players who had rural inclinations, not so much interested in Broadway or the beach. Cleveland and Denver were not as lucky.

Of course it is always about money. Then again the Knicks can’t behave like the Yankees. Simply outbid small markets for the services of big name players then write off their mistakes. Thanks to the “Bird exception” you can’t outbid a team for its star. Cleveland offered LeBron his max earning potential for services on the basketball court. But they could not match that offer as it pertains to off the court interests. LeBron took a minor haircut so that he could take his talents to somewhere with more marketability, and maybe even a few more internet bikini models per capita. And only the most strident rollbacks of player rights in this new CBA could hope to address this small market concern.

In the NBA a lot of big stars want to be icons. Call it the “Jordan Effect,” and in its shadow a “Bird exception” is little more than a dying quail.

SlapClap 

UPDATE: the ladies of The View - well half of them - say they will be playing “bad basketball” on their show until the lockout is over.   Bad basketball? Do you know what this means? JR Smith could get his own show!

UPDATE: the ladies of The View - well half of them - say they will be playing “bad basketball” on their show until the lockout is over. Bad basketball? Do you know what this means? JR Smith could get his own show!

Who needs the NBA when you can just watch people juggle basketballs 

Since the NBA season just exploded (read Ken Berger’s entire timeline), this might be the closet thing we have to entertaining basketball for the next 18 months. 

NBA labor talks came to a complete stop today after owners and players couldn’t come to terms over revenue sharing and salary caps/salary structures. This shouldn’t be news to anyone since the majority of NBA owners are some of the greediest yet smartest business men in the world. We’re talking about billionaires who want to flex some muscle and show a group of millionaires exactly who made them millionaires in the first place. ”The owners giveth and the owners taketh away”. 

Now excuse me while I go cry into my bowl of Coco Puffs. 

@Suga_Shane

(video via http://carcharodon.tumblr.com/)

© 2011 NBA Off-Season. This site is in no way affiliated with the National Basketball Association. We're just a group of people who like to watch the NBA is all. All images and video are under copyright of the National Basketball Association unless otherwise noted.