On Thursday night something felt different. The Texas Rangers were well on their way to winning the World Series with a 7-5 lead in the 9th inning and David Stern and Billy Hunter were actually smiling after a great day of negotiations regarding the NBA lockout. But then...
The St. Louis Cardinals made a miraculous comeback in the 11th inning to even the series and live to play for one more game. All basketball fans, players, and owners went into the night peacefully thinking a deal would finally be reached on Friday.
And then Friday came.
Talks broke apart when the Basketball Related Income (BRI) was discussed and the meetings ended with the cancellation of more NBA games up until November 30th for now. The Cardinals also went on to win the World Series that night and NBA fans felt like that they had been led into another disaster. The players were willing to move their B.R.I. number slightly down but the owners were once again holding firm to their original proposal.
As San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner put it on Friday, it's in the owners' hands to start making a move of compliance on their end.
Union vice president, and Spurs forward, Matt Bonner is one of the people charged with assessing the mood of the rank and file. He, for one, says the union is strong. "As disappointing as today is, we made progress," says Bonner, who is on the union's executive committee but was not in these small-group talks. "It's a process and hopefully it will continue again soon. In the meantime, I think the players are united and prepared to hold strong. We've made significant gives in every system issue and on BRI, so now it's the owners' turn to step up and make a move!"
As baseball has ended and will begin its free agency period in a few months the NBA is still were it started on June 30th-locked out with no sign of hope after the false alarm of negotiations have set everyone into "where do we go from here?" mode.
As the football season continues to carry on into the fall and winter months basketball still resides in a dark, cold, and isolated place.
One can only hope that both sides can resume discussions this coming week so that there is still a salvageable amount of games that could bring about some form of a season. But as always, this is a matter of greed. Millionaires vs. millionaires, and yet we're the ones who are losing out.
Billionaires vs Millionaires. Sorry but Billionaires don't buy a basketball team to make money, it's a status symbol, just another toy for them. They want to pay the players less and the players agreed to that with very little resistance. Most of us would never agree to a 5% percent decrease in pay just because owners can't control themselves when paying players... How is that the players fault? The city's already pay for majority of the domes/arenas, give the owners huge tax breaks, remodel the arenas every couple of years just to put more money in the owners pockets... The owners forget that the players are both the labor and the product and are treating them like they don't need them. Would love to see another league start up, good basketball is good basketball whether it is on an nba court or on the playground, we don't need the nba for that...
i believe they simply wanted to re-arrange the complex, inefficient salary cap rules because too many teams were losing millions in debt. They should've just rectified that, but greed got in the way and now it's about who gets the bigger piece of the pie.
@Joey The owners have planned this lockout for two years, and have even said so themselves. They union needs to disband and sue, it worked for the NFL. Of course Billy Hunter doesn't want this because he is the union.....
The more I look at this lockout, the stronger I feel that there should be a hard salary cap, but not at fifty million, but more like 75 or 80 million with ounly one player per team being allowed to be paid max money. And the player has to be with the team for at least three year before being eligible of being a max player, so you won't have any of those off-balanced sign and trade deals where one team gets a superstar while the other get little more than crappy low first round pick. If a player wants to play on a new team, then he should lose his rights as a max player and cannot be signed to the max by his new team.
The more I see the system, the more I see that it's broken. It's one that's based more on entitlement than performance. The real world isn't even like that, so why should spoiled basketball players be given that courtesy while the rest of us struggle to make ends meet. The whole BRI thing is a joke in my opinion because the players get so much already in terms of salary and endorsements. The average player's salary is 6$ million, so you can't tell me that they will suffer if they lose their 57% share of BRI/
@slapdoghoops i also can't blame the owners for not budging for a reconciliation. Who's going to listen to Derek Fisher and Matt Bonner? If players like Rose, James, Durant, and Wade (players with power and who help impact the league) were more actively involved in the talks, maybe the owners would be more inclined to submit a little bit more.
Maybe this lockout will not hurt the league too badly. After all, most people only started getting interested in NBA basketball around January. That's when the NFL season is over an the NBA gets broadcasted on network TV.