At 11:01 PM (in Texas) it’s on
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.