Some NBA owners want the lockout to end sooner rather than later, which side is Peter Holt on?
Another hash mark down in the prison walls of the NBA lockout. But with this one, maybe there’s a glimmer of hope. Apparently there’s a small faction of owners who’d like to see the lockout resolved in short order, according to John Canzano of The Oregonian.
Ominous news over the weekend. Multiple NBA sources whispered that there was a contingent of league owners eager to get a collective-bargaining deal signed, and a second, determined to drag the lockout into January or beyond, because they believe the league needs rectify a broken salary system at all costs.
This naturally leads us to ask, which side is Peter Holt on?
Theoretically, Holt would be on the side looking to get a deal done and the players on the floor. Tim Duncan might not play past the upcoming season. Manu Ginobili might play a season beyond that. After that, this team’s competitiveness likely falls off a cliff. Does Holt really want to risk losing the last seasons of two of his most popular stars?
Even if the Spurs aren’t title contenders anymore, Holt should want to squeeze as much out of the current core as possible and get butts in seats and eyes on TVs. As much as folks in San Antonio love their Spurs, I don’t expect them to turn out night-after-night for a future team whose ceiling might be an 8th seed in the Western Conference playoffs — if that. Big name teams? Sure. The Charlotte Bobcats? Probably not.
At the same time, Holt is the chairman of the NBA labor relations committee. From his seat he has not only a responsibility to his own pocketbooks, but those of the rest of the owners. He can’t act only in self-interest. So if there’s a higher percentage of owners looking to drag this out than get it settled, then that’s the path Holt has to follow. While being a voice of reason, I hope.
Then again, NBA.com’s David Aldridge had this bit yesterday regarding the labor clash:
A source who deals with owners on a regular basis said that they remain determined to, if not break the union, break its current salary structure. The source said owners frequently speak of “being tired of making these guys rich” and are even contemplating asking for more, such as including income the players receive from their commercial endorsements and sponsorship money into the BRI pot — the theory being the players wouldn’t become famous and able to make such deals if not for the NBA infrastructure that puts them on television and other media.