The nightmare is starting all over again.
Shoe-horning a 66-game NBA schedule into a four-month hole brings back gruesome and bitter memories of 1999. I was there in '99 and remember the devastation, the futility, the cries for mercy.
But I was a beat writer covering the Los Angeles Clippers, and most of the aforementioned emotions were emanating from press row.
With first-year coach Chris Ford presiding over a team whose go-to guy was Lamond Murray, I witnessed a post-lockout season that began with 17 consecutive defeats. The starting center was first overall draft pick Michael Olowokandi. One of his backups was Keith Closs, the only player who lost weight during the lockout.
Oh, the humanity.
It also should be noted that basketball wasn't exactly performed with textbook precision around the rest of the league, either. Without quoting metric chapter and verse, just know that NBA teams combined to average five fewer points per game ... which looked a lot uglier than it reads, t...