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Ray Allen: The lockout could cost games next season

Jun 17, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

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We’re trying to be optimistic about the upcoming NBA lockout. There will be one, but with the great ratings and all the momentum the NBA picked up this year the two sides would not let it get to the point that training camps and games are lost right? Right?

Um, that’s not exactly how Ray Allen sees it.

The Celtics veteran two guard was presenting $30,000 to a school in the area when he spoke with the media, including the Boston Globe, about the potential lockout.

We’re now in a situation where, at this point once the season ends and the draft comes, there won’t be any immediate hurry to solve the situation right now. There does seem like there’s going to be some games lost. I hope not, but you prepare for the worst. From a team perspective, everybody just try to stay connected with each other so when it breaks we need to hit the ground running. Last time, it sent a lot of guys into retirement. A lot of guys were taken by storm whether they were out of shape or somewhere where they weren’t ready to get to training camp. So you have to stay locked in.

Allen is spot on about a few things. For one, while the lockout starts July 1 there is no real pressure to solve this now. Summer League being lost sucks for us hoop junkies, and free agency gets pushed back, but nobody is losing revenue or paychecks. The pressure will build through late August into September. That’s when the threat of games being lost starts to get real (they will need at least a month for free agency then training camps, that’s what it took last lockout). Know that at least some owners think it will take missed paychecks — the first one for players would be Nov. 15 — to make the union buckle.

Allen also is right that off-season conditioning will matter more if there is a lockout than ever. In Cleveland veterans Baron Davis and Antawn Jamison have started workouts. A lot of Clipper players are showing up already to work together. Other teams are doing it as well.

I just hope he is wrong about missing games.

  1. halfcourthero - Jun 17, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    He’s right they are gonna miss games and more importantly no one wants to acknowledge that these players have an option to go overseas… I wonder how Stern would feel if he knew that some of top tier players might go overseas for a couple of years? The thought of all expenses paid and more importantly TAX FREE MONEY sounds real good instead of basketball uncertainty over here.

  2. silk32 - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Both sides are playing a game of high stakes poker. We’ll see which side can endure the most pain until it caves in. My guess is that the players will cave.

  3. halfcourthero - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Believe it or not the players knew about the lockout for 2 years… They have been saving money… But if this lockout goes past January teams will fold… The league needs to get rid of some teams anyway

  4. craigw24 - Jun 17, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    The common wisdom is that the players will cave because many owners are losing money anyway and a lockout reduces their losses. Well, a lockout also reduces their net worth – the franchise value will actually decline as the year progresses – and that is not something investors ever take lightly.

    There is actually a lot of pressure on the owners, as they start losing games to a lockout – including public opinion, as they are clearly trying to break the union. Sound familiar anyone??

    The solution largely rests with the owners. Not only do they need to get a better balance with the union, but – and most importantly – they also need to balance the playing field somewhat so that more franchises make money. Balancing the playing field is not on the players – it is solely on the owners. Can they make enough compromises among themselves to make their league more competitive? Will they share more income? How do they deal with the bloodsucking owners like Donald Sterling? These are things only the owners can change.

  5. rukhshiixoxo89 - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    It would hurt my eyes to see a player like Ray Allen on the bench 😦

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