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Blogger Dan B. said...
Lalalalalala I can't hear you lalalalalala

Now excuse me while I go back to pretending that the lockout won't happen.

Blogger Cortez said...
As long as NBA 2k11 is released on scheduled or I can still get my creaky bones to an actual basketball court, I couldn't care less about a lockout.

At any rate, IMO, the only mandated contract rules should be related to a salary cap and percentage of guaranteed money.

Saving multi-millionaires "business men" from themselves? Hilarious.

Blogger BadDave said...
Great recall on that ad.

Yeah - the lockout will happen. The thing that makes me the most sad is that minimum salaries are targeted. Seriously - saving $20K on 100 players? How about shaving $250K on 16 players? The net effect is the same, except for the fact that those sixteen players wouldn't even notice the difference in a weekly paycheck.

I can't believe I'm saying this...but go Stern. The players need to come back to reality. Hell, if they care that much, have the players have one person working with management to verify costs and revenues on each team. Then, stop using contracts and use profit-sharing.

Blogger Sorbo said...
Shouldn't we call it a strike? Is that word sound too socialist for the NBA players and brass? I hope we can get some good commercials out of this strike, like the Nike ones during the 1994 baseball strike.

Anonymous Story said...
Word verification - 'numamph', as in the sound I made when I kinda threw up in my mouth at the sight of those late '90s Pistons unis.

Blogger Julian said...
I forgot this commercial existed... wow... over 10 years ago.

Just how did the Pistons ever come to choose that horrendous color scheme anyway?

Blogger chris said...
Haven't clicked on the link, but seeing "Stern" and "Las Vegas" in the URL inevitably creates a slight increase in nailbiting on the future of the Purple Paupers' stay in Sactown!!!!!

Anonymous CaptainHomeless said...
On the one hand, I don't want there to be a lockout, because I don't want to miss basketball. On the other hand, the idea of a new CBA that makes it way harder for stupid GMs to cripple their franchises for half a decade with bad contracts appeals to me.

I like the idea of an NBA where contracts are shorter and it's easier for teams -- particularly small market teams -- to rebuild and/or field a competitive group.

Anonymous Bill Foster said...
Courtesy of Henry Abbott's terribly sincere piece on Amar'''''''e:

"One of the demonstrations of Stoudemire's commitment to Israel is his budding relationship with Israeli Sacramento King Omri Casspi. But in the video above, Stoudemire calls him "Omar" every time."

So that's "budding" as in "you've got no fucking idea what your new pal's name is yet?"

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
I think a "Fuck the Heat" CBA would be hilarious, a.k.a. The Hard Cap Era. How ya gonna get those 8+ championships you promised now, King?

Anonymous AK Dave said...
I think Grant Hill needs to bring back that circa 1970's porno mustache he's rocking in that video.

Anonymous Jason W. said...
Sorbo, strikes and lockouts are different. Strikes are when employees walk off the job. Lockouts are when ownership shutters the plant. Or in the NBA's case, the "plant".

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Blogger Natael said...
Why is it that the general public is so quick to side with the Billionaire owners over the millionaire players? I don't get it. You say the players get too much money, but the owners are the ones really racking it in, while the players provide the labor. Help me out here someone. Make me understand this.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Just get rid of the MLE; teams don't get huge cap space every offseason like they did this one, and it would make teams think really hard before going way over the cap long term if they would only have the LLE and minimum salaries to work with. This would bring down payroll while not completely overhauling the system.

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