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Owners of teams with great rosters are eager for season to begin

Oct 21, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

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ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst has some news that really shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody:

If it were up to Heat owner Micky Arison, his team would be preparing for its final three preseason games right now and he’d be spending the majority of his time running his cruise lines and not at labor meetings in New York.

Even as the talks suffered their latest breakdown Thursday, two league sources said that Arison has been the most active owner in trying to push through a deal even as his peers balk at the players’ demands.

In his frustration Thursday night NBA Players Association head Billy Hunter said he felt there was a divide between big market and small market owners. He said that some big-market owners were ready end the lockout.

According to Windhorst, there have been some reports that Lakers owner Jerry Buss and Knicks owner Jim Dolan have been “aggressively pushing” for reform, but almost everyone seems to agree that Arison is not pleased about having a super-team sitting around and not playing basketball with three stars missing a year of their prime and a year of their contracts with the Heat.

Arison’s frustration with the lack of a deal is understandable, but it’s unlikely that the rest of the league’s owners are going to back off of their demands out of sympathy for the Heat.

  1. loza6984 - Oct 22, 2011 at 3:09 AM

    I feel badly for Mr. Arison……..Not.

  2. hnirobert3 - Oct 22, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    A lot of the teams that people care about are suffering because of the lockout. The Knicks, for once in a long time, are missing out on a season. The Lakers, Mavs and Celts, with their aged vets, are missing out on a season. The Heat, with their win now mentality after getting LBJ, Wade and Bosh, are missing out on a season. And why? Because a) there’s too many teams and b) teams overpay for bad players like Darko and Travis Outlaw…

  3. loza6984 - Oct 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Great points hnirobert3. However, small markets have taken a beating. LA, NY, Boston, and Miami owners are all anxious to get the season going, but the Clevelands, Sacramentos, and others are saying “payback” for what some players have done to them over the past four years. This is going to get very ugly. I place the odds of the entire season being cancelled at better than 50 percent.

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