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Old 06-30-2011, 03:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Eric Smith just broke the news that the latest meeting has ended for the day, no agreement was reached. The players were then informed that a lockout will take place as of 12:00AM tonight.
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So what happens now? Can teams still sign free agents?
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So what happens now? Can teams still sign free agents?
Nope.


Business is haulted all together.
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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great....
i will not be able to last a whole winter thats all hockey hockey hockey!
not that theres a huge difference in canada anyways....
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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great....
i will not be able to last a whole winter thats all hockey hockey hockey!
not that theres a huge difference in canada anyways....
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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great....
i will not be able to last a whole winter thats all hockey hockey hockey!
not that theres a huge difference in canada anyways....
it's a beautiful thing.
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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it's a beautiful thing.
It certainly is
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Unfortunately, the NBA labor dispute won’t be settled based upon wrong or right. Greed, or the owners’ willingness to ignore its inherent danger, will determine whether we see professional basketball in 2011-12.

To my great surprise, the players and David Stern have done their jobs.

They fixed the game. The stench of the 2004 Palace brawl is gone. Without the traditional assistance of college basketball star-making, the league has developed and cultivated embraceable, ratings-driving superstars worthy of inheriting Michael, Magic and Larry’s thrones.

Only the uninformed, willfully ignorant and biased could knock the product the NBA served this past season. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Dirk Nowitzki, Derrick Rose, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Russell Westbrook and all the rest put on a highly competitive, highly entertaining, eight-month reality series that ended with a Dallas-like, cliff-hanger shocker.

Who shot LBJ?

Seriously, prime-time television hadn’t delivered this kind of edge-of-your-seat drama since Kristin Shepard busted a cap in J.R. Ewing’s ass. The mystery of what happened to LeBron James in the NBA Finals rivals the 1979-80 fictional oilman whodunit.

Ironically, a writers strike delayed the follow-up season of Dallas by two months. There’s a chance -- the NBA collective-bargaining agreement expires at midnight -- we could go a whole year without witnessing LeBron’s bid for revenge.

If it happens, blame the owners.

I’m not in the tank for the players. If you’ve followed my perspective over the past five to 10 years, you know I’ve been hypercritical of professional athletes and their inability to conduct business.

As a lifelong Pacers fan, I watched Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’Neal and Jamaal Tinsley destroy my favorite franchise with immature, reckless behavior on and off the court.



I thought what Allen Iverson represented and the way he carried himself were bad for NBA business. Rasheed Wallace’s insistence on bickering with the refs while play ensued was a terrible look for the league.

I believed the NBA’s growth as a TV product was irreversibly tied to the health of college basketball as a TV product.

I was wrong. Stern instituted a dress code, clamped down on player behavior, tweaked the rules a bit. Teams tired of Iverson’s shtick, Wallace and Iverson retired and Ron Artest (soon to be Metta World Peace) became a somewhat lovable, well-intentioned mental-health advocate with a huge heart.

Oh, and let’s don’t forget LeBron James accidently transformed himself into J.R. Ewing, the villain America loves to hate, with The Decision, a preseason championship celebration and not one, not two, not three but numerous public-relations gaffes.

Things are so good in the NBA right now that the owners might be willing to throw away next season as part of a ploy to better position themselves for their first true TiVo contract.

To me, that’s what is at the crux of this labor dispute. The owners want to crush the NBA players union and get the players to agree to a 10-year deal that will in no way reflect the value of the league once the owners negotiate new television packages in five years.

Players aren't problem in NBA lockout - NBA News | FOX Sports on MSN
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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look at the team websites.... all players will disappear from them
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Only the uninformed, willfully ignorant and biased could knock the product the NBA served this past season. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Dirk Nowitzki, Derrick Rose, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Russell Westbrook and all the rest put on a highly competitive, highly entertaining, eight-month reality series that ended with a Dallas-like, cliff-hanger shocker.
I don't know which of those things I am.... but I really didn't find much compelling about this season. All those players listed? Booorrrrinngg.

Go ahead and stay locked out, NBA.
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:42 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I don't know which of those things I am.... but I really didn't find much compelling about this season. All those players listed? Booorrrrinngg.

Go ahead and stay locked out, NBA.
Blake Griffin... boring?

*check XW's pulse*
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:43 PM   #15 (permalink)
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that article is such a steaming load.

Ohhh the players are so great, ohh the players 'fixed' the game, blah blah. Whatever. The game is the same now as it was 10 years ago. There are good players and there are some bad apples. The thing that i don't like in particular about the NBA is that the players seem to have so much power about where they want to play and when they want to leave. Contracts don't mean anything... loyalty is out of the window... It's business first, passion second.

Also what was even so bad about the brawl in detroit? A small scuffle after some thrown beer. Big freaking deal. It's not like it was some travesty and shame for humanity. This sort of thing happens in sports. Cantona's drop kicking a fan... Domi and that fan in Philly and lots of other hockey 'fan interaction' from the past.
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:44 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Woohoo so does that mean will get a high pick next year? That would be great and knowing that we will be getting 2012 first round pick and Jonas coming into the season feels great. Time to get more draft pick BC get your ass working ^_^
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:44 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I don't know which of those things I am.... but I really didn't find much compelling about this season. All those players listed? Booorrrrinngg.

Go ahead and stay locked out, NBA.
A hockey fan calling Basketball players boring. That's rich, is there any more boring characters in sports then Vanilla Hockey players. I'll take Blake Griffin over Sidney Crosby all day long.
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:46 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I don't know which of those things I am.... but I really didn't find much compelling about this season. All those players listed? Booorrrrinngg.

Go ahead and stay locked out, NBA.
agreed (sort of). i might not say boring. I'll just say it seemed 'scripted.' From the whole big 3 to the other strong teams, you pretty much knew how the season was going to play out at the start. SUre the playoffs were fun, but i would hardly echo the sentiments of the author that wrote that rubbish article.
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Woohoo so does that mean will get a high pick next year? That would be great and knowing that we will be getting 2012 first round pick and Jonas coming into the season feels great. Time to get more draft pick BC get your ass working ^_^
BC is currently unemployed.....well at least in a little bit he will be. lol

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Old 06-30-2011, 03:49 PM   #20 (permalink)
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A hockey fan calling Basketball players boring. That's rich, is there any more boring characters in sports then Vanilla Hockey players. I'll take Blake Griffin over Sidney Crosby all day long.
good for you. you also take Janet Jackson over good musicians.

I wouldn't assume XW was commenting on interview abilities or personality traites of either athletes. Maybe it was more a comment of the storylines and the happenings on the court? I would say so.
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