Is the entire 2011/12 season going to be cancelled?

David Stern is threatening to cancel the entire season if significant progress isn’t make this weekend.  Is he using this as a negotiating strategy, trying to scare the players into giving in or is he serious and are we days away from finding out that there isn’t going to be any professional basketball (I’m not counting the WNBA) for at least 13 months?

Personally I think he’ll announce the season is cancelled early next week if nothing gets done this weekend.  He’s not messing around and neither are the owners.  This is a terrible thought and I hope I’m wrong.  What do you think?

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My Thoughts on the NBA’s Hard Cap Issue

I just read a lockout article in support of the players.  I have to say the author, Howard Bryant must be Kobe’s brother because the arguments made here are completely irrational.

In summary, he’s saying that there is parity in the NBA.  The owners argue that there isn’t enough parity and that they want to base their model more like the NFL’s where there is.  The author says the NFL does not have parity.  He bases his argument on stats like this “In the NFL, the league of the vaunted hard salary cap and far less guaranteed money for its players, 20 of the 44 teams in the NFC of AFC title games came from top-10 TV markets”  OK, so 31% of the teams played in 45% of the title games.  I think that’s pretty even considering some teams get ravaged by injuries or bad management every year.

To say the NBA has parity is ridiculous.  3 teams from the west have made the finals since 1999.  12 years.  3 teams.  Sounds pretty lopsided to me.  In the east there have been a number of teams that made the finals, but every year there are about 4 good teams and 11 horrible ones.  Yes the Knicks have one of the highest salaries and haven’t done anything, but that doesn’t mean having no cap is a good system.  In poker if you start each hand with pocket aces you might not win every hand but you definitely start off with an advantage.  If you have good ownership, having the highest salary is a huge advantage.  (see Lakers and Yankees).  Those two teams don’t win every year but they’ve made the finals a hell of a lot more than any other team in their respective sports.

I’m all for a hard cap.  It’s boring if the same teams are in it every year.  Why not just contract the league to 8 teams if the others aren’t going to have a chance at being competitive?  And yes I’m aware that Oklahoma City is a very small market and are doing alright for themselves, but last I checked there is still only one Kevin Durant, so not every small market team is going to be able to draft him to become relevant.

Episode 80: 2nd Annual Fantasy Basketball League

We started a fantasy basketball league that we’d like everyone to join – http://basketball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/nba/4995  We talk about basketball video games, players playing overseas, and a few other things.  It’s getting really hard to find topics to talk about.  This lockout needs to end soon.  Download Episode 80

Knicks Podcast Fantasy Basketball League

We started a fantasy basketball league (yeah I know we have high hopes of actually having a season).  We would like as many listeners to join as possible.  The draft is on Sat Oct 15 1:00pm EDT.  Here’s the link to join – http://basketball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/nba/4995

Episode 79: It’s Been a While

We’re back!  Unfortunately the NBA is not.  The Knicks hire coach Mike Woodson.  We debate whether he has been hired as a defensive coach or not.  Ronny Turiaf breaks his hand.  NBA player rankings.  The Denver Knuggicks experiment is over before it started, Wilson Chandler signs in China.  Download Episode 79           Subscribe on ITunes