Day by day the threat that the NBA season will not resume in 2011 gets more and more real. Even with mediator George Cohen stepping in to attempt to achieve a resolution, it seems games will be cancelled through November at least.
Former players from other sports are even putting in their two cents. Former NHL player Bill Guerin, who played for the Bruins but is better remembered for his days with the Dallas Stars particularly during the NHL lockout of 2004-05, gave advice to his fellow professional athletes in the NBA claiming that threats of giving up a whole season are not worth it.
It is not worth it to any of them to burn games or to burn an entire year. Burning a year was ridiculous,” Guerin said. “It wasn’t worth me giving up $9 million a year, or 82 games plus the playoffs, then having a crappy year and being bought out. … Guys in the NBA making $15 million or however much better think long and hard about this.
It’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and according to Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops there are a number of unresolved issues that are keeping the two sides apart.
By now you should be familiar with what is keeping the sides apart. The owners are offering a 50/50 split of basketball related income; the players are asking for 52.5 percent. Each percentage point equals $40 million. Do the math, and it’s $100 million per year.
But there also are differences in what the salary cap system will look like, although many of those differences were narrowed in the 30 1/2 hours of federally mediated talks held last week.
At this point there isn’t even a plan to resume the talks between the NBAPA and the owners. Games will be cancelled until at least November 28th. We should be one week away from Opening Night yet all we are hearing about is stretch exceptions and additional “Bird” restrictions.
This lockout has now trickled down to affect the Celtics Late Night Show. What is this world coming to?