"The night is darkest just before the dawn."-Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight
Of course, he got blown up and became Harvey Two-Face shortly after that, but I really feel like I'm watching the Dark Knight right around the time the Joker blows up Rachel Dawes. We've said it before, but today's was the darkest day of the NBA lockout. After over 24 hours of negotiating over two days, there was a feeling of optimism. Throughout the day, stories came out that significant progress had been made on smaller system issues like the Mid-Level Exception and even more optimism started to come through. Then the Joker blew up the warehouse.
Talks broke off and again it was over the revenue split. It hasn't come out yet who played the role of the Joker (but federal mediator George Cohen DEFINITELY was Rachel Dawes getting blown up), but it things blew up in a hurry. At first it looked like they might just end like the last negotiating sessions did, the owners and players would say they couldn't come to an agreement and keep everything relatively civil. Then Adam Silver and San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt said they hadn't scheduled any more meetings and that they thought both sides needed some room to breath. Not great, but they could've said a lot worse.
Then Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter brought the fire.
"You guys were lied to," Fisher said.
And here we go.
That was just the starter, once Fisher was done, Hunter said they were giving a take it or leave it offer.