Aug 9, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT
Andre Iguodala is the ying to that yang.
The Sixers forward spoke with CSNPhilly.com and sounded a more realistic tone.
“I didn’t think it would be this bad,” Iguodala said, playing in an outing for Stars Within Reach, a foundation that encourages and helps children pursue their dreams. “I thought with the season we had and the TV ratings that we had and this being one of the largest grossing revenue season’s in the history of the game, you would think that we would be able to reach an agreement. But we are so far apart.”
It’s hard to be optimistic when all we’ve seen so far is posturing and legal moves, not negotiations. Right now there is still no real pressure on either side to compromise and reach a deal. That starts to change next month — by the middle of September there will be preseason games that will be cancelled and the start of the season will be at risk. As with the NFL, expect that to put real pressure on both sides to negotiate in earnest.
But that doesn’t mean they’ll reach a deal like the NFL. Maybe they can get to one in October, but a lot more people feel pessimistic like Iguodala than they do optimistic like LeBron.