The NBA lockout is already 59 days old, bringing to mind that, yes, at least part of the season in in dire jeopardy. Elton Brand isn’t confident, either, saying to the AP’s Dan Gelston (via CSN Philly):
”As of now, it doesn’t look good. It doesn’t look good at all. I don’t think we’re going to start with a normal training camp because the numbers are so far apart. But I think as training camp gets closer, we’ll know more if we have to miss games.”
But the bigger story is that these quotes came from an organized workout of almost every key 76er – including Brand, Turner, Iguodala, Lou Williams, Jodie Meeks, as well as restricted free agents Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young, according to HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy.
While we don’t know what the exact impact of these workouts will be, it’s nice to see that the team is serious about preparing for the season. Unlike the NBA, NFL players knew they needed to organize workouts – no doubt existed as to whether the full season would be played, so players were forced to prepare in order to not fall behind other teams. The same sense of urgency cannot be found throughout the NBA. While many players have played in rec leagues and charity games, none have organized workouts like Brand just did. For a team that succeeded with strong team-play last year, it’s very nice to see. And something tells me Doug Collins had something to do with this.
Meanwhile, a second not of good news is that Thad Young and Spencer Hawes joined with the team. While Spencer isn’t really that “good”, he’s better than any of the reasonable options available in free agency for the Sixers. And Thad should have some free agnet offers, but looks to be coming back if it were up to him.
It’s a nice feeling, giving us hope that a season will be played. Even an abbreviated one would be better than a wasted season, though Brand, despite his organizing these workouts, does not sound confident.