NBA Lockout Vigil: Day 124


Yes, I’m bringing the vigils back, since we’re actually missing games. Some people have found creative ways to pass time during the lockout. NBA journalists have become hotel loiterers. Casual fans have become casual. Some devoted fans have become psychotic. ESPN is resorting to simulating games in the DDL Chat. Sixers fans have been learning how to spell “love” correctly.

Me? I’ve been keeping myself busy with class, work, this (well, in the last week everything else got in the way, plus there’s been no lockout resolution), and trying to sleep. And with the NBA gone, my main source of entertainment for half of the year is no more, at least for now. So now we mourn.

First, a few changes:

– The vigil, instead of a summary of the day’s event, will essentially be me sharing my thoughts on the day’s activities/inactivities. Some links to recommended articles will be provided too. The rant can be as short as a paragraph or as long as a few pages if that’s what I’m thinking at the time. I hope it’s entertaining or informative or something.

– Ian at Saving the Skyhook does a great job with his “around the network” feature. So I’ll refer to him instead of typically picking at least one article from the FanSided Network like I did before.

– No more twitter stuff or things to watch or overpaid players. None of that honestly matters anyway.

So given that, here’s tonight’s rant/thoughts:

With no major news coming out in the last few days, reporters have begun to dig deeper into the cracks that have formed on each side. The existing cracks have been readily apparent and easy to identify.  The owners clearly have some rift – Micky Arison’s tweets, since deleted, have proven that. Other than that, no hard evidence of a crack exists, though the media has assumed that certain owners (including Arison [Heat], the Busses [Lakers], and Mark Cuban [Mavs]) want the lockout to end ASAP. The players, meanwhile, have only had one outward sign of a crack: JaVale McGee’s declaration that some players wanted to fold.

But more cracks have begun to unfold, at least from the player’s side. And this is what happens when reporters, who need stories, do some digging and needling. Jason Whitlock was the first, where he called out Derek Fisher for having pro-NBA leanings. Adrian Wojnarowski calls out Billy Hunter, claiming he is acting solely in his best interest right now. Ken Berger blames the agents, saying they are the ones who are messing up this whole thing, and that the players need to ignore them. These articles tell the same stories but in different ways. They indicate a crack, sides divided in some way. Whitlock is on an island of his own with his Fisher story, while Berger and Woj tell the same story, but with different leanings. Berger claims that the agents are holding the process up, while Woj puts the blame on Billy Hunter.

Here’s the question, then, if you’re an NBA player: who do you trust? Because everyone has an agenda, and it’s likely that one side of leadership (Fisher, Hunter, the power agents) has an agenda that is different than yours. That cannot be a good feeling.

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