Originally written October 25, 2011 on Razzball Basketball:
It’s boom times in the NBA as the Celtics traveled to Madrid to play, well, anyone, really. Whoever felt like they could keep up, I guess. The McDonald’s Open was all part of Commissioner Stern’s plan to ingratiate the Europeans with the game. Or maybe it’s all a plan to get the International Olympic Committee to let pros play (it’ll never happen. That would be like letting baseball players run wild on steroids; it would totally skew and skewer the competition.) Or maybe Stern just wanted out of the States and away from all the contract negotiations he’s spent the last year roiling around with the player’s union; negotiations of which, the league and the players’ union finally finalized after agreeing to a deal six months ago! Six months! I have no idea why negotiating contracts takes these guys so long. Do they write their demands in code and scatter clues throughout the country? Are both sides hunting down revenue sharing clues like they were Carmen Sandiego? If they let the fans ...
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