Credibility ? You’re Not Going To Find It Within The NBA

Credibility ? You’re Not Going To Find It Within The NBA

By tophatal ….

As the farce of the league hierarchy induced labor stoppage continues unabated and NBA Commissioner David Stern’s image is now taking a beating . So much so , that his fiefdom now seems to be under siege . The “House That Stern” built in conjunction with NBA great Michael Jordan is now teetering on the brink of a calamity and collapse that for most fans they’re simply apathetic as to what is taking place in front of their very eyes. The union along with its executive committee are now intent , it appears on de-certifying and quite possibly challenging the league’s antitrust exemption status within US Federal Court . Stern , Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver along with Peter Holt and now joined by Charlotte Bocats’ owner Michael Jordan , are now looking at a peaceful accord whereby the NBA could quite possibly start their regular season , albeit that it would be a mere two and a half weeks behind schedule.


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It seems ridiculous that the two sides cannot reach an equitable agreement that would see both split their $4.5 billion in annual revenues on a 50/50 basis ! Even with the league apparently now stating they’re prepared make that ratio a favorable 51/49 in the players’ favor , the union’s executive committee led by Executive Director Billy Hunter and their president Derek Fisher have publicly stated that they are not prepared to acquiesce to any of the hierarchy’s demands. This whole saga now gets even more ridiculous when you now have NBA superstars such as LeBron James “tweeting ” messages suggesting that he and his fellow players are desperate for a quick resolution to the work stoppage. James by all accounts has gone on to suggest that the economic plight of the nation affects him just as much as it would the common citizen . From my own standpoint for a player , who is earning millions of dollars annually , his rather insidious statement smacks of the stupidity you would come to expect from an athlete who has been coddled throughout much of his career as a professional er from his high school days right up to his entry into the NBA , when he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 .

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Stern: ‘Rational thing’ for union is to take deal

By Brian Mahoney , AP Basketball writer

NEW YORK (AP)—NBA players are facing a Wednesday afternoon deadline to accept the league’s current proposal or face a harsher one that calls for rolling back their salaries, and Commissioner David Stern said Monday “the only rational thing to do is for us to make that deal.”

“We think that there’s a great offer on the table and what we told the players is it’s getting late, the only rational thing to do is for us to make that deal because given what’s going on in our business and our industry, it’ll get worse from there,” Stern said during an interview on ESPN.

That proposal calls for players to receive anywhere between 49 and 51 percent of basketball-related income, though players argue it would be nearly impossible for them to get anywhere above 50.2. Stern said the next one will call for a 53-47 split in the owners’ favor, along with essentially a hard salary cap.

The second proposal also calls for “existing contracts rolled back in proportion to system changes in order to ensure sufficient market for free agents,” a person who has been briefed on its contents told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contents were supposed to remain private.

The rollbacks were previously reported by and The New York Times, which obtained a copy of the letter Stern sent to union executive director Billy Hunter on Sunday along with both documents.

The league had sought to roll back existing contracts to conform to a new collective bargaining agreement during an earlier proposal, but had since taken it off the table.


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As we all know LeBron James’ departure from the Cavaliers and the tumultuous tete-a-tete` between he and the team’s owner Dan Gilbert left a very unsavory taste in just about everyone’s mouth. As to the idiocy shown by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ fans , it would be safe to suggest James was about as well liked as former Cleveland Browns’ owner Art Modell . And the Browns’ former owner who simply feigned poverty and fled from the city like a thief in the night , only to surface later with in Baltimore , Maryland with a new NFL franchise to be known as the Baltimore Ravens . Modell is now a minority stake owner of the franchise which is now majority owned by Steve Bisciotti . LeBron James might now be more despised than the aged NFL veteran owner but it would be safe to say that if either were to return to the city , neither would be welcomed .

During the stoppage a number of players have either chosen to play abroad in such countries as Russia , France , Lithuania , Spain , Greece and Italy . Others however , who’ve refrained from pursuing that opening have organized a number of charity games displaying their skills across the country for the fans to see. All well and good , no doubt being done with altruistic motives as they and their union seek the fans’ sympathy . While this is now going on, it would appears that there’s a fracturing in the solidarity of the team owners and their support of the league hierarchy , with Charlotte Bobcats’ owner Michael Jordan now openly voicing his support for the NBPA and the players . Do you get the feeling that David Stern would now like nothing better than putting his boot to Jordan’s ass ?

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NBA union: No deal; no fear of ultimatum, either

By Brian Mahoney , AP Sports Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP)—NBA players made it clear Tuesday: No deal.

No fear of Commissioner David Stern’s ultimatum, either.

“The current offer on the table from the NBA is one that we cannot accept,” players’ association president Derek Fisher said.

Instead, the players said they will ask for another meeting with owners before Stern’s Wednesday afternoon deadline—and sound willing to agree to a 50-50 split of revenues under the right circumstances—in an attempt to end the lockout and save the season.

In an interview on NBA TV, Stern said that whether he agrees to meet “would be guided by the labor relations committee.”

NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the league has not yet heard from Hunter.

A month of the season has already been lost, and the NBA risks losing fans without an agreement soon. Some already appear to have forgotten Blake Griffin , last season’s rookie of the year, stood around in the lobby of a busy hotel off Broadway and was rarely approached by fans.

The league’s current proposal calls for players to receive between 49 percent and 51 percent of basketball-related income, though union officials argue it would be nearly impossible to get above 50.2 percent.


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If the union were to de-certify and become a trade association it certainly makes their position a great deal easier in challenging the NBA hierarchy within the federal court system . Stern , the league hierarchy and team owners are not willing to have their books opened up for public scrutiny . But at the same time the commissioner and owners simply plead poverty , while the owners and general managers each season through their sheer avarice choose not to rein costs. If only the owners would simply practice what they preach when it comes to being financially prudent. David Stern may well have been at the helm of the NBA structure while its ascent from a small niche operation and sport , to where it now has become a multi billion dollar business entity whose tentacles now stretch across the globe. And inasmuch as the league’s popularity is still high , there are now quiet rumblings abroad as to the inaction of the league hierarchy and the very fact that not is the commissioner’s image tarnished but that too , of the NPBA (union).

The NBA’s fastest growing market has been in the Far East and in particular within the nation of China and its populace of 1.6 billion . The game’s ascent in popularity grew exponentially with the rise in popularity of Yao Ming . And with the player since having retired due recurring knee and feet ailments , specifically plantar fasciitis , you can understand the reason why the NBA would simply feel aggrieved if now they are being criticized by the print and television media within China because of the ongoing labor impasse . If the Chinese journalists who cover the NBA within its own country can be so terse in their criticism but here there has been about as much intense scrutiny of the stoppage without there being little if any in depth of analysis of the events as they have unfolded. Instead we are simply fed mere snippets and sound bytes from the paeans within the league’s hierarchy structure as when they deem it reasonable to do so.

David Stern’s grip on the league has been like that of a third world despot whose tyrannical reign might well have been along the lines of Idi Amin . While the former Ugandan dictator over the course of his rule is known to have committed numerous atrocities against the civilian population , as well as allegation of cannibalism . It can be said at this juncture the only thing that the commissioner has yet to do is to actually consume the head of one of the executive committee members of the NBPA . The animus between the union and league shows no sign of abating , it is now becoming increasingly clear that the impasse between the two sides has reached a point where perhaps it would be better if the two parties’ interest could be best determined within a courtroom. Arbitration between the two sides with a mediator from the FMCS has thus far served no real purpose . The governmental agency presided over by its director George Cohen has simply heard one side simply deride each other , with little inroads being made by either side to show any form of progress. Truth be known , the longer this impasse goes on the less relevant the NBA becomes and the likelihood of one or quite possibly two NBA teams could quite possibly fold . It has already been hinted at by Billy Hunter and there are already grave doubts as to the financial viability of the Sacramento Kings , albeit that team owner Joe Maloof and Geoff Petrie .

The Sacramento Kings to my mind have held the city of Sacramento hostage with their demands and rather naively the city’s mayor Kevin Johnson has began to cave into the organization’s demands . The former NBA star and now city politician is now looking at ways into working in conjunction with local businesses in building a state of the art facility for the team. Johnson has not stated that this publicly but it is clear that public monies in part , will be used to finance any such endeavor with very little guarantee that the Kings’ organization will show any type of reciprocity on their part, in assisting with the financing of such a venue . And I get the feeling that David Stern will be front and center in expediting any deal that would allow an NBA franchise to be once again the benefactor of public funds while also at the same time garnering a number of beneficial tax write offs . All this and the mayor has an unemployment rate that is slightly above the national average within his city and a growing homeless rate but his biggest push is to see the building of a state of the art facility for a family whose estimated net worth is said to be approaching $2.5 billion . Somehow , the NBA , its owners and league hierarchy not only has more than a credibility problem but also one of integrity , honesty as well as a serious image problem ! Anyone who believes that to be to the contrary may well have their lips firmly pressed against David Stern’s sphincter waiting to suck on that act of flatulence .

With the announcement having been made that the league will postpone the first two weeks of the November regular season schedule and now it would appear the month will be completely abandoned altogether. With the preseason having been already lost and an estimated $350 million in preseason revenues , you can understand the urgency behind the NBA’s wish to have the season commence at some point . However , for the union, anything that they can continue to do that would in essence purloin that premise for the league only further exacerbates the fact that they have no real urgency to see the league up and running. Were that the case, then we would already have had a resolution with which both sides would find amenable . The league’s players and union are selling the fans a “bill of goods” that now is of no real value . The NBA brand is no longer what it once and the fact that many of its brightest stars have simply become a slew of preening Prima-donnas whose only wish is to simply be viewed as the victims , rather than the antagonists in this rather idiotic drama that is now being played out for the fans and public’s consumption .

From my own perspective , I have become sick and tired of a bunch mindless idiotic millionaire athletes and multi millionaire owners simply bitch and whine they themselves have been real cause for the malaise that they now find themselves in ! It has been the same occurrence within baseball , football and hockey — ________ in reality the four major professional sports and the hierarchies who govern those pastimes have simply become bastions of greed and corruption . Doubt my word ? Simply ask yourself this what has the NBA done that has really been of benefit for the consumer ? Philanthropic efforts asides , that is merely a gimmick by those hierarchies to begin with , because they benefit far more by the largesse given to them not only by state and municipal agencies but also from the federal government .



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(1) Rudy Gay enters the arena for his charity basketball game at the Desoto Civic Center in Memphis Tennessee , on Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Nikki Boertman ….

(2) NPBA Executive Director Billy Hunter (left) and union president Derek Fisher address the convened press to discuss the ongoing impasse between the league and union concerning the equitable disbursement of BRI (basketball related income) . Neither side finds the others’ offer acceptable . The union now seems to be intent on taking the step to de-certify and perhaps challenge the NBA’s antitrust exemption within the US Federal Court as a way of forcing the league to in part acquiesce to their wishes. Something that NBA Commissioner David Stern would most definitely like to avoid . AP Photos/ Paul Matthews …..

(3) Miami Heat’s LeBron James shoots between the defense of Memphis Grizzlies’ Rudy Gay (22) and Corey Maggette (2) during Rudy Gay’s charity basketball game at the Desoto Civic Center Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Nikki Boertman …

(4) Billy Hunter, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association, and Derek Fisher , President of the National Basketball Players Association speak at a press conference after the NBPA held a meeting to discuss the NBA lockout at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on November 8, 2011 in New York City. Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

(5) Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett (L) and Miami Heat owner Micky Arison (R) arrive for NBA labor negotiations at Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on November 5, 2011 in New York City. Players have been seeking 52.5 percent of revenues in their favor but owners want a deal at 53-47 along with a hard salary cap. Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images ……

(6) Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan arrives for NBA labor negotiations at Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on November 5, 2011 in New York City. Players have been seeking 52.5 percent of revenues in their favor but owners want a deal at 53-47 along with a hard salary cap. Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

(7) NBA Commissioner David Stern talks with reporters, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, in New York. Stern canceled the first two weeks of the season after players and owners were unable to reach a new labor deal to end the lockout. At left is Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver. Opening night was scheduled for Nov 1st 2011. AP Photo /David Karp …..

(8) In this photo taken Friday, May 13, 2011, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, right, discuss the Sacramento Kings basketball team with California state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg , D-Sacramento, as they walk into Steinberg’s Capitol office in Sacramento, Calif. Johnson, a former NBA all-star with the Phoenix Suns, has worked the last couple of months to keep the Kings in Sacramento . AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli …

(9) Sacramento City Mayor Kevin Johnson is seen here with Gavin Maloof ,co-owner of the Sacramento Kings, also in picture is ESPN journalist & reporter Heather Cox . AP/Photo/Daily Life / Christopher Mayhew …..

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Have You Had Your Dose Of The NBA Today ?

Have You Had Your Dose Of The NBA Today ?

Well it’s back to the hum drum return of an NBA schedule that will play its part in now separating the contenders from the pretenders amongst the stalwarts of the league. And I’ve no doubt at present we’ll see one or two surprises as the season now enters its post midseason point. The San Antonio Spurs still remain the team with the best record in the league but they’re closely followed by what seems to be a resurgent Dallas Mavericks team led by their All Star —– Dirk Nowitzki .


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Now while the talk has been about the multiple team , multiple player trade that sent both Carmelo Anthony , Chauncey Billups and several other players to the New York Knicks in exchange for Raymond Felton and what GM Donnie Walsh and coach Mike D’Antoni feels are players obsolete to the team’s needs in the opposite direction to the Denver Nuggets I can’t help but wonder what happens should the Knicks not go deep into the playoffs ? And as much as the Knicks’ fans are in awe of this deal , on the face of it , it merely adds some luster to a team and fanbase that has been in need of it for over a decade . I mean as heralded the legacy has been for Madison Square Gardens you’ve got the readily admit the place has resembled a graveyard in terms of recent success when it comes to the New York Knicks. The days with which the Knicks under Pat Riley were thought of as a constant omnipresent threat in the Eastern Conference seems an eternity ago.

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From West to East, the balance of NBA power starts to shift …..

Dallas-Tx,. Tyson Chandler wasn’t speaking on behalf of the just Dallas when asked about the balance of power relocating from the Western Conference to the East. He might as well have been a spokesman for anyone with designs of winning the West after Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Deron Williams split for Greater Gotham.

“I wish we could get Kobe and Duncan and Ginobili and all those guys over there, too,” he quipped, “but I guess then it wouldn’t be any fun.”

No doubt there has been a seismic shift in the makeup of the two conferences. The West, for the past decade, has been considered the superior collection of teams from top to bottom. Twice in the previous three years, all eight of the West playoff teams won at least 50 games.

Not gonna happen this season.

And while the East may struggle to field more than six playoff squads with winning records, the so-called Least only figures to get more Beast in the years to come. The days of Western dominance are over, according to a certain All-Star known to wear a cape.

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Don’t get me wrong I’ve no doubt that the Knicks will do well with their new revamped team but here’s the caveat , in acquiring Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups while they gain a great deal of offense the team now loses to an extent a great degree of defensive capability. But then again a Mike D’Antoni coached team has never been known for its defense and therein now lies the dilemma facing the Knicks over the remainder of the season . As good as this team now becomes unless Amar’e Stoudemire and Anthony are on the same page in conjunction with the coach then this costly experiment will all be for nought ! And this experiment is proving to be costly as the Knicks are now committed to a $65 million commitment for the next three seasons. For some of the Knicks’ most vociferous fans in terms personalities Spike Lee and ESPN radio sport’s show host Stephen A Smith this now becomes their personal Utopia and future aspirations as it relates to the Knicks.

The trade deadline itself wasn’t without other deals that took place but in reality the real talk was in essence WWCAD ……………..”what will Carmelo Anthony do” ? Well for the Denver Nuggets under coach George Karl their future may well seem bright and the coach himself feels that his team can make a run at a Western Conference playoff berth. It may well be that a sub .500 record or slightly above that may well garner the team a playoff spot. For Nuggets’ GM Masai Ujiri this maneuver may well the deal that breathes life into the Nuggets or casts a shadow organization for the immediate and long term future. It seems along way from a postseason where the team made the playoffs before succumbing to the Utah Jazz in a rather lopsided series .

Of the teams that I’ve followed within the NBA this season the Oklahoma City Thunder to my mind are a team to be feared and coach Scott Brooks does seem to have this team playing at a high level . Potential league MVP candidate Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook provide one of the “most potent one two punch ” in the NBA . And if things do pan out as I believe that they will concerning this team I do believe that they will be one of the teams to be feared come playoff time !

From the sublime to the ridiculous as the Cleveland Cavaliers continue their slide into an abyss of ineptitude . I’m not saying that coach Byron Scott has suddenly found himself in quicksand or in a riverbed filled with piranhas but given the state of things there in Cleveland at the Quicken Loans Arena I’d have said that either of those two scenarios might’ve been preferable . This team now seems to have found enumerable ways to lose —- games with ghastly consequences not only for the team but for the entire organization from a competitive and financial standpoint . Dan Gilbert may well be ruing the day that he sought to remain in control of this team rather than sell it outright to a Chinese investor .

Not to be outdone when it comes to showing ineptitude this season we have the continuing woes of the Washington Wizards , Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves proving to us that you can’t teach can’t teach an old dog new tricks . Losing with increasing regularity has become ingrained into these teams and when that happens the fans do tend to depart in droves from the those teams’ respective home venues. I’ve read where fans of some of these complaining that no one comes to watch them play . Well , would you be willing to shell out your hard earned cash to watch three teams who have a combined 36 wins and 130 losses between them ?

The reigning NBA champions the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t dive into the trade market looking to bolster their roster but you can bet that Phil Jackson has bent the ears somewhat of the players whom he feels have been underachieving . It has been left as usual to the likes of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol to lead the charge offensively but there continues to be disappointment as to overall erratic and inconsistent play of the team. Arguably , Lamar Odom , Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum have played nowhere near their perceived potential when measured by their contributions to the team last season .

There’s now a growing belief that the Los Angeles are now ripe for the taking as it now seems that the team is now more susceptible than ever before in losing the grip on the defense of their NBA title. The two time defending champions are a pale comparison at present of the team that took control of last season’s finals when it looked as if the Boston Celtics to have the championship all sewn up. Instead we saw this Doc Rivers’ coached team flounder like a capsized vessel with the passengers on board being without the assist of a life jacket ! I do firmly believe that both of these teams will make the postseason and should they meet once again in the NBA Finals it will be fascinating to see whether or not this current Celtics’ embodiment of a team can usurp their Western Conference foe.

Now it goes without saying that while the season progresses our thoughts can’t be far away from the current situation evolving the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations between the league’s hierarchy and the NPBA (union). Union President Derek Fisher and Executive Director Billy Hunter have stressed the fact they wish to come to an amicable resolution during this process. And it has to be said that David Stern wants no part of the madness now taking place between the NFL and NLFPA (union) . That whole slew of cow dung now being mediated by a federally appointed mediator can only suggest that these two groups of mindless idiots are so out of touch with reality that it simply doesn’t bear thinking about. And I can only hope that their NBA counterparts show some insight and wisdom and actually do what’s right rather than thinking solely about greed and their pockets ! If not , then both of these sports could very well lose whatever goodwill is left to be had from the fans .


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(1) Amar’e Stoudemire is joined by new teammates Carmelo Anthony (left) and Chauncey Billups (right) in an official picture to introduce the duo to the convened press at Madison Square Gardens , New York City, New York. The duo were part of a multi-player , mutli-team trade that brought them from the Denver Nuggets with several players from the Knicks heading in the opposite direction to the Western Conference team and elsewhere. Getty Images / Chris Trotman …………..

(2) Cleveland Cavaliers general ganager Chris Grant announces a trade which will send Cavaliers’ Mo Williams and Jamario Moon to the Los Angeles Clippers for Baron Davis and a first round draft pick in the 2011 NBA Draft , at a news conference at the Cavaliers training center in Independence, Ohio on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. AP Photo/Amy Sancetta ……

(3) Carmelo Anthony (7) of the New York Knicks drives against Carlos Delfino (10) of the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden on February 23, 2011 in New York City. The Knicks defeated the Bucks 114-108 . Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images ……….

(4) Carmelo Anthony (7) of the New York Knicks shoots the ball over Andrew Bogut (6) of the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden on February 23, 2011 in New York City. The Knicks defeated the Bucks 114-108. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images …….

(5) Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, celebrates with teammate Ron Artest after Bryant scored two free throws to ice the game in overtime during their NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Feb.23, 2011. Bryant scored 37 points and Artest scored 24 as they beat the Blazers 106-101 . AP Photo/Don Ryan ……..

(6) Kevin Durant (35) of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots against Tim Duncan (21) and Manu Ginobili (20) of the San Antonio Spurs on February 23, 2011 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs would end up defeating the Thunder 109-105 . Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images ………..

(7) In this Jan. 26, 2011, file photo shows Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams , center, attempting to score over Spurs guard Tony Parker of France, left, and Spurs forward DeJuan Blair , right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City. A person with knowledge of the trade says the New Jersey Nets have agreed to acquire All-Star point guard Deron Williams from the Jazz in a three-team deal. The Nets are sending rookie Derrick Favors and point guard Devin Harris to the Jazz as part of the package in a deal that also includes the Golden State Warriors . AP Photo/Colin E Braley ……..


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The San Antonio Spurs (42-8) are no doubt having a terrific season and they’re winning at an unprecedented rate although they’re viewed as being under the radar. All the hype has simply been about the Boston Celtics , Miami Heat and the defending NBA champions the Los Angeles Lakers . Now for some reason the league saw fit to schedule 14 of the Spurs’ next nineteen games on the road as the team’s home venue is being used to host a rodeo.


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On the face of it that hasn’t really stopped the Spurs as players such as Tony Parker , Manu Ginobli , Tiago Splitter , Richard Jefferson have stepped up to the plate. Aging veteran and four time —- NBA champion —– Tim Duncan still is capable of playing at a high level when called upon but being the cerebral player we’ve all known him to be for Duncan once the postseason comes around that’s when we’ll look to see him raise his game to the next level.

Coach Gregg Popovich and his coaching staff have to be greatly appreciative of what they’re now seeing from the team and in particular from the younger players on the roster. DeJuan Blair is proving that he’s got the game to be potent within the league and his defense has vastly improved. Certainly many around the league have woken up to the fact that these aren’t the same old Spurs who’d wilt when pressed and it’s to Popovich’s credit that he’s simply nurtured this team and then at the same time seen the veteran leadership of Duncan and Antonio McDyess come to the fore . Both of these solid veterans are deeply respected by their teammates have seen if the duo can rise to the occasion then they too can simply do the same.

Though as an avid fan of the team and with the season having reached its beyond its halfway point I like what I’m seeing from the San Antonio Spurs at present and hopefully it bodes well for the rest of their season .

The NBA All Star Game is now but a week away where the event will be staged at the Staples Center and hosted by the Los Angeles Lakers. NBA Commissioner David Stern no doubt will view this as a way of gauging the game’s intrinsic value at a time when the league hierarchy has a number of economic problems . The league’s teams are on track to lose in excess of $500 million this season if Stern’s projected figures are to be believed. And to top it all the league is still in the midst of ongoing labor talks with the NBPA . NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter and the union’s representatives led by NBPA President Derek Fisher have been reticent in the fact that they’re not prepared accede and make any concessions that they believe will be to their disadvantage. And with the union having de-certified as a way of taking that first step of challenging the league’s antitrust exemption in the Federal Court system should things fall apart during the negotiating process it gives you a clear picture as to how far apart both sides are in the process.

It’d be asinine to see the NBA have an enforced lockout and labor stoppage . The players say that they don’t want this scenario evolve into a major conflict between the two sides. And from a fan standpoint the image of the league in particular , this doesn’t bode well for what David Stern and the game’s corporate partners had envisaged for the game. Twenty five years in as the game’s highest ranked official and Stern has led the organization to untold riches but at the same time his autocratic rule has been bemoaned by many in and outside of the game. Albeit that team owners around the NBA have to appreciative for what Stern has done for the game from a financial standpoint. In the twenty five years of David Stern’s tenure as NBA Commissioner they’ve seen their franchises appreciate in value and to the point where their revenues have more than quadrupled over that period of time. The branding of the NBA product represents a $4.5 billion to $6 billion ($4,500,000,000-$6,000,000,000) a year industry for all parties concerned. And it’s easy to understand why the owners are thankful to Stern and the business acumen he’s shown over the years.

The NBA much like the NFL can’t afford to be viewed as the villain of the piece as both seek union and labor stability within their respective sports. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been saying all the right things but he’s nearer in avoiding an unwanted lockout . But he simply knows that with hour glass petering and the sand emptying as the March 3rd deadline inches ever closer he has to have an agreement in place with the NFLPA Executive Committee before the March deadline. If that’s not available to him then look for the NFL owners to lock the gates and all hell break loose.

From afar I’m wondering what both the NBA and NFL think that they can achieve from all of this ! I find it somewhat ridiculous that the executives within both organizations and the respective unions could have simply thought that the untold riches that they’ve been in receipt of wasn’t ever going to decline ! But here again lies the fact that much like the present administration , Congress and Senate their thinking has been short term rather than long term when it comes to a business and economic template. How else can you simply explain the economic mess that the country is now in apart from the rather asinine behavior also shown by idiots on Wall St and within the boardrooms of major corporations across the nation ? And not unlike those entities we’re now hearing and seeing the excuses come about as they now try to explain many of the problems they now have within their midst. The NBA , NFL and US government has become >one big joke as they seek to absolve themselves of the problems which in large part much of it they created with their rather irrational and irresponsible behavior !


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(1) Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans , second from left, tries to the protect the ball from San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, left, Tim Duncan, third from left, and Tony Parker, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli ……….

(2) San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, right, gets treatment for a cut in his mouth from Spurs trainer Will Sevening , during the second half against the Sacramento Kings in a NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. The Spurs beat the Kings 113-100 . AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli ………..

(3) San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich was called for a technical foul for arguing with official Marat Kogut , unseen, during the second half against the Sacramento Kings in a NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. The Spurs beat the Kings 113-100. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli …..

(4) San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair, right, comes up with a loose ball against Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. The Spurs beat the Kings 113-100. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli …..

(5) San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, right, of France, drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli ……..

(6) Head coach Phil Jackson (left) of the Los Angeles Lakers receives his championship ring from NBA Commissioner David Stern before the season opening game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on October 27, 2009 in Los Angeles. Getty Images/ Kevork Djansezjian …..

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