The first two weeks of the NBA season have been cancelled and maybe more. We talk about the lockout and list all of the people who are getting screwed. We do some role play and play the parts of Billy Hunter and David Stern. We complain about the Knicks never having a real center. We talk about NBA 2K12. Enjoy. Download Episode 82
We’re on the brink of losing some games. The owners are demanding a 50/50 split of BRI and the union says no. On the positive side the lockout is stopping Kim Kardashian from reproducing. We are making more money than Tony Parker. What’s going to happen to our fantasy league. An NBA 2K12 update. Download Episode 81
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.
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
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
This lockout better end soon. It’s getting hard to find things to talk about. We talk about Lawrence Frank getting hired in Detroit and Rambis getting fired in Minnesota. Shaq getting hired by TNT and calling Miami the big 2. Mourning involved in a hit and run. Players going overseas and why Turiaf shouldn’t. Steve Francis getting accused of sexual assault and being terrible at promoting his record label. Download Episode 78
We interview author of Basketball Talk, The Way It Should Be and host of The Breakdown Show, Audley Stephenson. We talk about the Knicks, the Raptors, the lockout, Audley’s radio show, some of the guests he’s had on an a few funny moments from the show, and his basketball book. You can buy his book here and listen to his show here. Download Episode 77