Nov 10, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT
We’re welcoming signs of progress in the NBA labor talks anywhere we can get them. Even if they come at Allen Iverson’s expense.
Iverson was planning a Las Vegas showcase game featuring a number of NBA stars, but that has been pushed back to Jan. 6-7 next year, reports the Detroit Free Press. It’s the why that is interesting.
Iverson says discussions to end the NBA lockout were the reason the tournament was postponed.
You may want to take that with a grain of salt. I can think of a lot of other reasons it may have been postponed as well.
That said, if a handshake agreement between the NBA owners and players is reached in the next 48 hours or so team facilities would be re-opened to the players soon after. Players will be flocking to work out with teammates and coaches trying to get ready for the season on a very condensed schedule. The players want to practice.
Ironically, Iverson’s event may be cancelled because of practice. We’re talking about practice.
An NBA labor deal will mean the end of the string of charity games that have been taking place through the summer and fall.
And while those have been entertaining, I’m good with that.