So this can't be good.
The NBA players union has rejected the owners most recent offer on a new collective bargaining agreement and have decided to which means the entire 2011-2012 NBA season, let alone the San Antonio Spurs season, is in doubt.
The NBPA has now become a voluntary trade association, which is the same tactic the NFLPA applied when it decertified. Within days, antitrust lawsuits will be filed against the NBA. And while this does not mean a full season is lost, it certainly makes it the most likely scenario. Basically, the only way the season is saved now is if owners relent on the sticking points of their now-rejected proposal in the face of a full lost season.
So what now for the Spurs?
Aside from the obvious games potentially lost, Tiago Splitter might lean more towards signing with Unicaja Malaga, Tony Parker will still be running the court for ASVEL, and Manu Ginobili might now look towards playing overseas as he has stated he would wait until November to see what the status of the labor impasse. And with this news, chances are he might consider making the move now.
Kawhi Leonard and Cory Joseph will have their NBA debuts delayed, and Spurs fans will miss out on one of the few remaining NBA seasons Tim Duncan has left in black and silver. Not to mention the impact on local San Antonio businesses, and more importantly, the fans.
As said before, this doesn't mean the season is completely lost. But it sure is making the possibility more of a reality.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? What was your reaction to this news and will you go back and spend your hard-earned money on the Spurs and the NBA once this ever gets settled?
One of the saddest days as a Spurs fan in recent memory. I've been a dedicated Spurs fan since 2001, and I can honestly say that if Tim Duncan never gets to see the AT&T Center floor again, I will never watch another NBA game again or pay outrageous amounts to watch an NBA playoff game. This lockout has disgusted me and the fact that a deal cannot be struck between millionaires and billionaires while the rest of America watches in a cold recession is revolting. Today is a punch to the gut of all NBA fans, but especially Spurs fans who only wish to see the best power forward to grace the game go out in style. In the famous words of Mike Gundy: "makes me wanna puke..."
i think now the spurs can sit back in a texas size lazy boy and see that we still have more rings than any other team in texas. muhahahahahahahahahahah evil laugh................
i'm so disappointed. i said before that the NBA shot themselves in the foot when the lockout happened. now i'm saying they shot themselves in the head. right now, everyone is losing: the players, the owners, Stern, us fans, the workers in the arenas, etc. unless they can get this resolved in court as quick as they can, it's a lose-lose situation for all. :(
@RG8907 its going to take a miracle now. but the question remains, will you come back to the spurs and the nba with open arms when its all over?
@JeffProjectSpurs i'll definitely be back because i don't really care about the other sports. i might watch a little of the NFL every now and then, but i agree with JohnAbney, i think a lot of us Spurs fans will be back since we are a basketball city. i'll be back because i'm still a season ticket holder and i support the Spurs. they're still my favorite team, and nothing is going to change that. my hate for David Stern, however, will grow until there is a season again, and i've lost some respect for Hunter, Fisher, and some of those big-mouth players for not agreeing.
@RG8907@JeffProjectSpurs you fuckin right the spurs fans will be back. shit i think a yr off would get the spurs fans like back in the hemisphere arena or alamodome days. san anto was fuckin loud and still is. maybe the break is what we need to. i love to watch the spurs and its the only thing i have to remind me of where i grew up and was born. im gonna get buried with a fuckin spurs jersey. gospursgo on my tomb. bleed black and silver. fuck everybody or anybody especially mav fans......... who don't like it.
@JeffProjectSpurs@RG8907 to the spurs yeah i think so, i also think teh spurs fans will not take long to come back but SA is a special NBA city. other teams might find it harder to fill seats. i know houston has been losing fans fast over the last couple of years, something ridiculous like 60-70% of all the seats sold to the rockets where corporate, in other words businesses (like mine) would either buy seats or season tickets and give them away to customers. that said, the texans are doing well, and for some reason everyone LOVES the lastros no mater how bad they are. rockets "fans" have so many other options they will not care.