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PBT Tuesday morning one liners

Jun 29, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

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Dirk Nowtizki in Legos.

We told you yesterday about the Atlanta Hawks hosting a pre-lockout free agent mini-camp. The Lakers and Suns are doing the same thing.

A look back at the last NBA season in graphic form.

The draft may have put a number of veterans around the league on notice their jobs are in danger.

No shock here, but the Raptors extended a qualifying offer to Sonny Weems.

Julian Wright will not get one from the Raptors, however.

The Nets hope to have second-round pick Bojan Bogdanovic over in the NBA for the 2012-13 season.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is now more involved in Russian politics, heading a new political party.

You should be reading lots of tweets from NBA stars during the 2012 Olympics in London, the Olympic Committee is good with that.

Kings co-owner George Maloof has stepped down as president of the Palms Casino.

Charles Barkley talking lockout, NBA draft and just generally saying things Barkley.

In Houston, even new coach Kevin McHale spends time on the training table.

  1. tashkalucy - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Same thing I’ve been writing here for a week……

    Interviewwer:

    On the impending NBA Lockout and what a miracle it would be if David Stern would be able to bridge the huge divide between all the various parties involved:

    Charles Barkley:

    “Well I think, and I’m not saying this because I’m in the NBA, if you go back and look, David Stern has been the best commissioner in sports the last 25 years. It would take a miracle on his part not to have a lockout and I truly believe that. I think there’s going to be a lockout, I think the owners are dug in, I think they want to send a message to these players. I think they’re really upset by this LeBron James / Chris Bosh situation, because their teams don’t have to be really good, but I feel like if they have a star in their market they can make some money. And if all the stars want to play together…we’re almost becoming like baseball where you’ve got a few good teams and the rest of them stink.”

    Interviewer:

    But wait, even though there’s a handful of powerhouse teams in baseball, there’s still been nine different teams who have won the World Series in the past decade:

    Charles Barkley:

    “Yeah but it’s different because we make all our money on television. And those teams…like the San Francisco Giants can win the World Series if they’ve got great pitching, but they don’t make any money on television like we do in the NBA. Then we have that rule where you can only show a team ‘X’ amount of times. So now we’re stuck. Why are we going to show the Cleveland Cavaliers? Why are we going to show the Toronto Raptors? We can’t do that. Now you’ve got the thing brewing with Dwight Howard, and now you’ve got the thing brewing with Chris Paul, and it’s like why would we show Orlando if Dwight Howard is not there? And why would we show New Orleans if Chris Paul is not there? I think because they’re upset that some of these players all want to play together…..I think the players are going to have to take a really shoddy deal not to have a lockout. And I shouldn’t say a shoddy deal, but they’re going to put some things in play where all these players can’t play together — that’s first and foremost. And I think they are going to bring these salaries down, as far as ‘X’ amount of years. I think they’re definitely going to do those two things.”

  2. tashkalucy - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    I keep saying it over and over…..

    In the NBA there is local and there is national.

    Lebron James and his “team” – including Leon Rose and Worldwide Wes at CCA – joined forces with Nike and other sponsors along with ESPN to orchestrate a power shift in the NBA. A power shift that moves away from local teams and to national teams. ESPN pushed the heck out of the Heat (started “The Heat Index”, gave the Heat score on the crawl at the bottom of their screen 3 times for every time they posted other teams scores, sent over 10 their “personalities” to Miami for the opening Heat game – something they had never done for any team, etc. – in the 50′s actions like this led to the radio ‘Payola” scandal).

    ESPN gets big ratings for their national telecasts at the expense of local telecasts. Nike finds it easier to market their products which are star endorsed, not only in the US but overseas as well, due to the interest in the super teams. While the agents are cleaning up in negotiating the endorsements.

    Barkley gives it away when he says ” Then we have that rule where you can only show a team ‘X’ amount of times. ” EXACTLY! They need a few more super teams to go with the Heat, Lakers, Celtics and Bulls. Get Paul to go to the Knicks to join Amare and Melo (you really think this was Paul’s idea at Anthony’s wedding? You don’t think Worldwide West hadn’t gotten to him and others?) Get Dwight and David West to join Deron Williams in Brooklyn. With the exception of Miami – big markets all! ESPN will clean up on the ratings showing those half-dozen teams and one or two others of the Thunder, Mavs or Spurs sneak in. ESPN doesn’t care about the other 20-21 teams.

    And the best thing about the plan is – they’re making the movie on someone else’s money! CCA, Nike and ESPN don’t have to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to buy an NBA team. They don’t have to make up losses for the 20-21 teams in purgatory , whose job it is to give young draftees NBA experience and exposure so the good ones can move to the glamour markets once they’re free agents or by forcing a trade (“he’s leaving anyway, get something for him while you can”) – the way MLB does it.

    THIS is the issue. 20-21 owners that are in debt up to their eyeballs and losing money that aren’t willing to have their league stolen out from under them by a bunch of fast talking promoters that offer no value to the league, put in no money, but make tens of million from the league.

    Forget the 2011-12 NBA season. And at least a part of the 2012-13 season if not all of it.

    Yes, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh are going to make NBA history. Just not in the way they thought they were going to.

    P.S. ProBasketballTalk – you have a poster here that knows EXACTLY what he’s talking about. Moeso than almost any reporter of the NBA is saying.

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