The Return of the NBA and the Death of Hip-Hop

Though I’m annoyed and still unsure as to whether I will purchase NBA League Pass; I am happy the NBA is back. The stalemate has ended and indeed we will see a 66 game season. The playoffs are going to be a wild ride with back to back games. I look forward to watching the drama unfold. However, will the rest of America return to watch? They were able to salvage the Christmas games. This is HUGE. Many families are accustomed to having the NBA on the tube while opening presents (mine included). The shortened season bodes well for the veteran teams like Boston and LA Lakers. Lebron should still be in shape since he marched around the country playing pickup ball. Miami will be an early favorite as ALWAYS. Bottom line is we have ball. This is big for a blogger like myself that needs the Association for headlines. Otherwise, the best I can write about is the death of Hip-Hop. That is all the new Sixers ownership could do during the lockout— fire their mascot! Maybe, now they can finally get around to trading the “other AI” Andre Iguodala!...

NBA Players Move Legal Fight to Minnesota

After filing two separate antitrust lawsuits against the league in different states, NBA players are consolidating their efforts and have turned to the courts in Minnesota as their chosen venue. A group of named plaintiffs including Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash and Kevin Durant filed an amended federal lawsuit against the league in Minnesota on Monday, hoping the courts there will be as favorable to them as they have been to NFL players in the past. The locked-out players filed class-action antitrust suits against the league last Tuesday in California and Minnesota. The California complaint was withdrawn Monday. “The likelihood was we’d get a faster result in Minnesota than California,” players’ lawyer David Boies said. “I think the result would be the same.” NBA owners locked out the players July 1, and the labor strife between the two sides has forced games to be canceled through Dec. 15. “This is consistent with Mr. Boies’ inappropriate shopping for a forum that he can only hope will be friendlier to his baseless legal claims,” Rick Buchanan, NBA executive vice president and general counsel, said in a statement. Federal court in Minnesota was the venue for all NFL labor disputes that reached the courts for the past two decades. The NFL players enjoyed several victories over the owners there, most recently when U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson issued a temporary injunction this summer that lifted the NFL’s owner-imposed lockout. That decision was stayed and eventually overturned on appeal by the 8th Circuit in St. Louis. Boies insisted the only reason to pick Minnesota was to speed up the process. The first case...

The Players Greed Has Allowed A Nuclear Holocaust

Never did I think the Players of the NBA would allow it to go this far. This email from a 74 year old grandmother says it best: I am a 74 year old mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who, until now, would never want to miss any NBA game.  We had NBA League Pass until this season when we didn’t rejoin because of the lockout.   I am ashamed of the NBA players who think a 50/50 split is not fair.   Is it that they don’t think they make enough money?   What amazes me is that with all the charity work they do that they do not realize what this lockout has done to our economy.   Just think of all the people who are out of work because of this and all the cities who have lost business, restaurants, hotels/motels/–just everything.    I have been a Steve Nash fan and didn’t miss a game when he was in Dallas.    I just loved to watch him play.  I became a Phoenix Suns fan when he went to Phoenix even though I live in Texas.    As much as I have enjoyed watching professional basketball, the way I feel right now is that I really don’t care if I ever watch another game again.    I hope they all end up having to beg for a job from someone who feels as I do.  Thank you for letting me vent.   I know no one will ever read this or take it seriously, but I can tell you, for what it’s worth, that the professional basketball has lost a lot of watchers that I doubt will ever...