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The clock strikes midnight — NBA lockout officially begins

Jul 1, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

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At midnight Eastern the preverbal padlocks were slapped on the doors of NBA facilities and the players were locked out.

Players can’t workout at NBA facilities. There is no July free agency. There is no summer league. There are rookies not getting instruction, long shot free agents not able to prove their worth to teams. There are assistant coaches and trainers and other team personnel being laid off, people with families that now are out of work.

All so that the owners and players can argue over how to divide up your money.

There are a lot of issues involved, but at the end of the day as a fan of the game it’s hard not to see it that way. It’s our money that buys tickets and concessions and jerseys. It’s our time watching games and the advertising breaks that fuel the television revenue. It’s the fans who can’t help but feel powerless in the process.

You may think the players are right that the owners are trying to make up for their overspending and bad decisions on the players backs. You may think the owners are right and that the players are overpaid and should not complain about giving up salary in a recession. As usual, the truth is somewhere in the middle.

But that’s a middle that neither side was really ready to comprise to get to. So here we go. The lockout is on.

  1. thetooloftools - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Boo Freakin’ Hoo.
    LeBron and Bosh walked on MAX $ to stack the deck when word was sent by Mr James “not 2, not three, not 4 ect” championships”.
    The truth is he and Bosh walked away from the ONLY leverage the owners had to keep a player with his team which is more $$$$$… and they BOTH walked on it.
    THAT tells me the players are overpaid.
    Teams had to do a sign and trade to try to get something.
    Why would LeBron James and Chris Bosh walk on more money ?
    Because they are over paid…. or is it the $ they make outside of basketball that let’s them make those choices?
    IT DOESN’T MATTER !!!!!!!
    The game makes the player, the player doesn’t make the game.
    David Stern is about to take a bullwhip to the players (|).

    By the way, I totally support the players in the NFL lockout.

  2. ac0117 - Jul 1, 2011 at 8:05 AM

    This is all kinds of dumb. Lebron James made $100 million in endorsements in his first 2 years in the NBA and $8 million in NBA salary (look it up). Marketable superstars will always be “overpaid”. If they are willing to take less money to get out of a situation in their career, that’s their perogative. I know plenty of people who would take less money to live in a nice city and work with their friends.

  3. kingbuccaneer - Jul 1, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Welcome back to hell NBA fans. Stern and his toupee are serving cocktails all night long!

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