At 11:01 PM (in Texas) it’s on

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Unfortunately, we’ve reached that point. At 12:01 AM eastern time, the current collective bargaining agreement between the NBA owners and players union will expire, at which point the owners will lock out the players.

Insert your favorite expletive here: ________

BREAKING NEWS: Matt Bonner on the NBA labor negotiations: “We did not reach a deal.”

More from Matt Bonner on NBA labor talks: “We’re going to keep working at it, and hopefully we can get something done.”

Team personel, including front office folks, coaches, trainers, etc. can no longer be in contact with the players or any of the players’ people. This includes family members, business associates and personal trainers. This means Chip Engelland won’t be helping Tiago Splitter with his shooting form for the time being. Chad Forcier can’t work with young players like James Anderson, Da’Sean Butler, Gary Neal, DeJuan Blair and Danny Green.

We can only hope that the Spurs coaching staff gave homework to each player and got them in contact with trainers to work with. Also, we have to hope everyone on the team has been saving their money the last few months. The last thing the Spurs, and the players union, need is for one of its players to go broke during the lockout.

48 Minutes of Hell will now be spending far more time talking about business news over the next few weeks than basketball. International ball can’t come soon enough.

  • http://regularfan.blogspot.com/ Humberto (RegularFan)

    Guess it’s back to the NBA video games for me!

  • Rob

    The two sides were so far apart and mention that this could be like ’99 was so prevalent I’m not surprised.

    Sucks as fans…the one’s that pay these salaries for both players and team…that they haven’t been able to come to some sort of middle ground to even discuss an extension.  In general, I love the Spurs more than I like basketball.  I loved “playing” basketball in my youth.  You know..the actual game for what it is…a game.  But… this is a business above all else mentality just sucks the wind out of me.  As an outsider and only a fan…the demands set forth by both sides are unjust and unwarranted.  In today’s society of “me only”…I think it will be some time before the two sides agree to anything that resembles common ground regarding what’s best for both.

  • Justin

    This will definitely hamper Leonard and Joseph’s chances of getting decent minutes during the season because of the practice time they will miss with the team, although I did not find it likely that Joseph would get much playing time anyway.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Splitter too! Damn! The Agony!

  • Bruno

    Without training camp the trade looks bad to Spurs…

  • Anonymous

    Crap! I just hope the entire year isn’t lost.

    I’m sure SPurs gave the rooks some homework. I’m just worried about TD and MANU. They’ll just get older, not fresher.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Why didn’t they get a counsel made up of fans to mediate this damn thing. Got tired of seeing Stern come out and give those press interviews with the “you fans are screwed” look on his face since this whole mess started.  Yeah maybe both sides could look at our sad pitiful faces as the weeks went on and then it would be too much for them to bear resulting in a Kumbayah moment. Then magically the numbers would arrange themselves and and the world would be right again. Damn no cigar!

  • Titletown99030507d

    They should broadcast the 2010-2011 season during the standoff.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Put a fork in those two they are done. What a frikin way to go out. I’m pissed. If only they could rebuild Timmy into the 21 million $ man while this gets sorted out. “I can be done” and Manu becomes BATMANU!

  • Titletown99030507d

    Up until the the last 4 weeks of the season.

  • Titletown99030507d

    No Football, No Basketball, Baseball Meh, I’m going to go frikin nuts! Finding Bigfoot, Destination truth, Paranormal fact or faked might get me through. Not.

  • SpurINhouston

    Looking on the bright side, 3 out of 5 ESPN writers named the Spurs (or Tim Duncan) as most benefited from a shortened season: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?page=5-on-5-110630

    I guess it does make sense that if we play with the same steam as last year we won’t have any fatigue secondary to a long season. We may come out a winner from this….a la1999 Championship Spurs. Wouldn’t it be great if this were the beginning of a repeating championship cycle for the Spurs? I think Pops is behind all of this “Lockout” business. LOL.

  • Crystakke

    This thing with players need to be careful so they don’t go broke is a joke. Or maybe it was meant as a joke? How the *** can someone who made millions up until now go broke? Even someone like Gary Neal who makes little over 0.5 mil can go bye with that. If I had 0.5 mil I’d be set for life. These guys can’t last a few months? 
    Give me a break’….

  • Len

    Read more books, kiss more girls and get more exercise.  

    You won’t miss these overpaid crybabies nearly as much.

  • Len

    And start going to High School sports games instead.  I’m telling ya, after a while you’ll wonder why you waste so much time and money on the “pros”.

  • Rob

    I’ll take another asterisk title.

  • Rob

    By the sounds of it…they’re (the players) are willing to go farther than just a few months until something is resolved.  Money is relevant to how you spend/life style.  Middle class “spends” as middle class.  Poor spends as “poor class”.  Rich spends as “rich class”.  If one has never lived the others life…one can not comprehend the others life style.

  • Drom John

    Uff da.
    And no summer league for the next Neal.

  • Lvmainman

    The greed of the owners is in keeping with wall street titans that pushed their losses onto the america public with the Bush tarp bailout and made sure their bets on a mortgage collapse got paid.

    $250 of the alleged $300 million lost by the NBA is an accounting trick that benefits only the owners. See the article on ESPN.com with the following link. How a 7 million profit is made to look like a 28 million loss!
    http://deadspin.com/5816870/exclusive-how-and-why-an-nba-team-makes-a-7-million-profit-look-like-a-28-million-loss

    This does have the look of another 50 game season.

  • Wilksthequaker

    Yeah, at least you can get some crazy GM to take RJ off your hands in NBA 2K11.  If only…

  • Titletown99030507d

    I read enough at work, I only kiss my wife, and I’m to old to exercise.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Like High School Football but even that ‘s full of politics.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Same here.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Yeah, Garnett has even said he would give up the entire season and his 18 million $ in this standoff just to break the ownership.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Like the analogy. Well said. It’s always at the expense of the innocent bystander.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Since the players are officially locked out and can not be involved in any shape or form with the NBA can they run off to Europe and play if they choose? Can you imagine if the league completely folds because of both sides never ever coming to an agreement? Then Europe could take on these defectors thus becoming the best leagues in the world? Now that is an apocalypse. 

  • DorieStreet

    No, no, no—50% of what they will televise be Miami Heat games.

  • DorieStreet

    No, no, no—50% of what they will televise be Miami Heat games.

  • DorieStreet

    All rookies with the other teams are in the same predicament.

  • Titletown99030507d

    So if this coming season is totally gone and still no CBA is reached for the year after can the ownership get scrubs to play. You know like the NFL did.

  • DorieStreet

    Those are three great activities to do more of.
    And with regard to the last one– exercise:  if you are not doing so already, go from being an obeserver to a participant; start your own Spurs ‘replacement team’–and league!

  • DorieStreet

    The big-time programs function like junior colleges.

  • DorieStreet

        LOL  –  Titletown99030507d: the Spurs “Fan-curmudgeon”

  • DorieStreet

    The other 29 teams’ fans would be soo pissed—

  • DorieStreet

    Maybe it’s part of the master fan to make the NBA truly worldwide in terms of teams on other cotinents.
    Remember, there are strageties to mesh the FIBA and NBA rules/guidelines so that the world & olympic games so full of descrepancies and controversy.

  • DorieStreet

    My apologies–bad typos.     “…other continents.”    “world & olympic games are not full of discrepancies and controversy.

  • DorieStreet

    In the end, it’s all about competition. And each level serves up its own brand of pagentry.

  • Rob
  • Rob

    Questiion about the BRI (basketball related income).  If the players get 57% of the BRI and the BRI last year was around 3.6 billion that gives the players approximately 2 billion dollars.  Not knowing the actual percent the players receive after fees, administration, etc. but lets say 20% of that 2 billion is awarded to the players…divide that by what (425 players in the league)…that’s $400,000 per player?  Is that amount on top of their salary received from the team?

  • Mark B.

    I’m also worried about Da’Sean Butler … is he going to be able to rehab on his own and train as well as he could with the team?  I don’t know if he would have an impact next year, but this definitely hurts his chances.

    And what about Blair?  He went into a funk towards the end of last year, and with his best friend on the team leaving, I’m not sure if he can turn it around on his own.  Is he going to start going to Whataburger every night and weigh 350lbs by the time the lockout is over?  I know he can play better than he did last year, but he seems like he needs someone to push him.  Without Hill around, I’m not sure what’s going to happen to him.

    And of course the rookies are going to be hurt by this.  I have no doubt that Leonard will be in shape but he doesn’t know the system or the other players.  Joseph is a raw talent, because he played one year for one of the worst college coaches in the game, and needs to learn how to play basketball.  I say this as a Texas alum.

  • Tim in Surrey

    It’s not really an accounting “trick”. These aren’t non-profit institutions, with a startup cost donated by a benefactor, that then need to focus on their annual bottom line and future projections exclusively. They are FOR-profit institutions, so the start-up cost is just as much a factor for them as for anyone. I’m not sure which ESPN article you were referring to, but there is one by Larry Coon that analyzes the information available in the deadspin report from a relatively even-handed perspective: 

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?columnist=coon_larry&page=NBAFinancials-110630

    But more than that, it’s best to think before demonizing people in a labor dispute–whether union activists or ownership. Remember how much Peter Holt has invested of his own money in recent years to make the Spurs better, despite their own status as a small market/low revenue franchise. Then remember that he’s heading up the owners’ negotiating team. In other words, both sides have reasonable positions. We’ll see whether one or both of them will pull over before it’s really too late, or whether they’re both determined to crash.

  • Mark B.

    Well, I think a shorter season might work to the advantage for older teams like the Spurs .. and maybe the Mavericks.  Less wear and tear on the veterans.  But I’m not sure if there’s going to be a season at all this year.  If I had to bet on it, I’d bet on no NBA until summer 2012 or later.

  • Tyler

    Big offseason for Blair. If he can’t keep his weight down, it could be the end of the road for him in a Spurs uniform. And without the coaching and training staff around him, it’s going to be that much tougher.

    He’s also got to improve his skill level. We need for him to more than an energy guy off the bench. He needs to develop a decent midrange game to keep his defender off balance. He’ll never be a back-to-the-basket guy, but a reliable 15 ft jumper would allow him to utilize his quickness advantage against bigger guys. 

  • Tyler

    I call his bluff. 

    Luckily for the NBAPA, there are a ten guys making $500k – $1M for every Garnett, meaning the vast majority of the players association won’t be in favor of not playing.

  • Titletown99030507d

    I meant locally.

  • Titletown99030507d

    LoL Classic.

  • Titletown99030507d

    He has time to practice. Alone. And eat vegetables.

  • Titletown99030507d

    BREAKING NEWS: Matt Bonner on the NBA labor negotiations: “We did not reach a deal.” Maybe he needed more space.

  • Titletown99030507d

    I’m not sure if that was a good move on the Spurs part. We need youth. But the thinking as of late the way things are going with the lockout and if there is a season it will be short. I’m guessing they’re trying to take advantage of it and maybe give the rest of the team the indication they’re trying one more run at it. Squeezing one more hard run out of Timmy, Manu, and Dyess on a short season and bring this winning Dynasty full cirlce the way it started…A championship on a shortened season. 

    Ride off into the sunset Timmy…Yippy Ka Yay

  • SAJKinBigD

    Fair points, but the Owners’ group (too many of them) want to put in protections from their own idiocy on the salaries afforded players. It IS a free market; if they don’t like the salary structures, quit paying ridiculous amounts of cash to mediocre talent, which then drives rates up for the truly exceptional. To my understanding, the NBAPA has made some pretty fair concessions, but there is a hard-line group of owners (co-NHL owners being the most vocal faction) that want the SYSTEM to protect them from themselves. It makes me mad. Just deal with it yourselves. Why does someone ELSE have to pay for your own mistakes? I’m NOT saying I agree with the salary structures, but if they’d stop going over the top with these salaries, it wouldn’t be such an issue.
    Another factor, I think, on the owners’ side is the Free Agent class of last year. All the “Wine Me-Dine Me” stuff and apparently the biggest FAs had already decided before all the trips what they were gonna do. On that, I can’t blame the owners for some angst.

    Anyway, the biggest hurdle to anything getting done on this is immediacy. There’s no rush to get anything done because the season’s so far off.