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Players Union may host charity games during lockout

Apr 7, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

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So what are the players going to do when the lockout starts to stretch into the regular season?

(And it may well. Remember, the players don’t see their first paycheck until Nov. 15, so if the owners want the players to feel the pressure of not getting paid — and some do — we are in for a long wait.)

How about some charity exhibition games? Union president Derek Fisher told Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com that is being considered.

“I’d say it’s possible right now,” the Lakers guard said after Wednesday night’s game at Oracle Arena. “We’re so focused on trying not to be in that situation, so it’s tough to go into full-scale planning on those types of situations. But at the same time, we have a responsibility as a union and as an association to really keep options that are viable open for our guys.

“There’s so many challenges logistically, in terms of where you play, having the arenas, having officials, security – all the things that a lot of times we don’t have to deal with because the league is doing those things. But we looked into it before, we’ve looked into it a little bit now. Until we see that it’s something that we’re really going to have to look forward to doing, right now, it’s still just kind of floating out there.”

There are a lot of challenges. Starting with finding quality arenas in major cities not run in some fashion by NBA owners so you have a place to play. Staples Center in Los Angeles — out. Madison Square Garden? Out. You get the idea.

I don’t even want to think about this. I want to be positive that cooler heads will prevail in the late summer and the two sides will reach a deal and games will go on as scheduled in October. I’d also like to believe that those petite giraffes from the DirecTV commercials really exist and you can buy one. I fear they both are about equally realistic at this point.

  1. fanoredsox - Apr 7, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    I also really want to buy one of the petite giraffes in the DirecTV commericials. I know that players like Derek Fisher and a “VERY SELECT FEW” other members of the association are good people and have the best intent for the league to move forward. I still believe that the vast majority could care less about what their imprint on the sport and the association as a whole really means. They believe that because they are talented that they are entitled to earn millions of dollars. I believe that all first rounders should make $1,000,000.00 the first four years ($250,000.00 annually) that they are in the league, so that each franchise can truly determine what their actual worth to any franchise may be. I believe that would force most players to stay in college to earn a degree and therefore bolster both college athletics and give the NBA a chance to provide the best possible product and players for a realistic price. By doing this anyone could actually afford to take their kids and/or family to a game and actually afford to buy a soda. Attendance would grow at each venue and most likely people would return to buying merchandise again.

  2. dysraw1 - Apr 7, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    yeah focus on planning not to be that situation.

  3. sdboltaction - Apr 8, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    Jobing.com arena in Phoenix (Glendale)… The Pond in Anaslime… to name a couple. They are out there!

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