Posted by: Danny Hansen on October 1st, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
October is the time of year where we are discussing Jazz-related questions such as, should the Jazz be in Boise for training camp? Which new free agent or acquisition will contribute this year? Should the Jazz make a trade before the season starts? Well, there is no training camp, free agency period, or possiblity of making any trades.
That’s right! We are still in a lockout! And as we get closer to canceling regular season games, I am getting very upset. In fact, there are so many things about this lockout driving me crazy, that I was able to pick ten to write about. Believe me, there are much more. So, in the name of self-therapy, here is my list of the 10 things driving me crazy about the lockout.
1. Serious negotiations start in late September/early October.
We keep hearing about how the calendar is not the friend of the NBA. They are up against it. It is the 11th hour. Well, of course you are going to feel rushed when you wait to the last possible minute to try and put a deal together. I do understand that there were meetings in August, but it was not serious. They sat around for 3 months trying to psyche the other side out. Now it is going to be too late.
2. Owners going for a kill
They have made up their mind on the system they want and expect the players to give it to them. It is like on Mortal Kombat when you have your opponent defeated but you still decide to rip off his head and throw it to the crowd. From the sound of things the players are willing to give up a lot, but the owners want their perfect system. And if they believe they need the players to lose checks to get it, it seems to me they will.
3. Players not really caring.
My usual summer morning routine is as follows: Wake up, blink, get out of bed, and walk to the computer to see what NBA/Jazz rumors surfaced while I dreamt about NBA/Jazz rumors. Every day this summer, a new rumor surfaced. Except that it was about a player signing a deal in Europe. Players decided that instead of fighting a fight for a new contract, they would just head to Europe to play. It wasn’t until this weekend that we hear star players actually getting involved in talks. More involvement from stars earlier definitely would have helped.
4. Nobody cares people are out of work.
While the billionaires try to split up money with millionaires, they are hundreds of people not working due to the lockout. They are piecing together part time jobs to make ends meet. We forget about security, arena workers, team staff, writers, and others, now out of work.
5. Their meetings only last 3-4 hours
Besides today’s meeting, most previous sessions have only last around 3-4 hours. If they were to work a 9 to 5 job, they would be home by noon.
6. Momentum of last season will be lost
If there are any group of fans that may be the most fragile, it is NBA fans. Now, I am not talking about die-hards, such as those that may be reading this. I am speaking of fringe fans that go to games to be seen. Unfortunately for the NBA, they make up a large portion of the fanbase. With a lockout, these fans will go elsewhere, and it may take a while to get them back. When the NBA slumps in popularity, it really slumps. And it takes years to get it back.
7. Jazz young players and coaches need a training camp and preseason
And they won’t get it. With a young core of Favors, Kanter, Hayward, and Burks, the Jazz could really use some practice time to grow. Plus, the Jazz need some time to implement a Tyrone Corbin system, whatever that may be. And because of this lockout we won’t get it.
Have you flipped over to NBATV lately. Yes, you can see quality programming such as TeenWolf and Space Jam. Not that NBATV had great programming to begin with, but with the lockout it got even worse.
9. David Stern
I understand that he is representing very rich men and their billions of dollars, but there needs to be ’smug alert’ warning for whenever he speaks. I, for one, was relieved to hear Dwayne Wade got into it with him. He needs to know he is not the king of the world. Leonardo DiCaprio is.
10. Forgotten fans
Those of us that are paying all those billions that the league and players are trying to split, seem to be neglected and forgotten. For some of us, the NBA is our passion. I haven’t heard one person emerge and say that they need to cooperate with each other for the fans. And in not doing so, they may lose some.
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