While almost every big name in the league is pushing for an overseas contract or at least not ruling one out, the NBA seems to be holding onto a weak strand of hope. Everyone reading this understands the inevitable. There will most likely be an incredibly short season, if we are able to experience one at all.
Deron Williams was one of the first to ink a deal in Turkey and expressed his feelings on how the lockout will affect NBA players in the long term. ESPN reports that there will be a few interesting match ups to look forward to in the first half of the season, including Dallas raising their championship banner, the first ever in the history of the franchise.
Sources told ESPN.com that the schedule, as it stands, calls for the Mavericks to open the season Nov. 1 at home against the Chicago Bulls and raise their championship banner. But since the league imposed a lockout at 12:01 a.m. on July 1, owners and players have yet to even lock in a date to resume labor negotiations, with pessimism rising leaguewide about the season starting on time as the sides remain miles apart in their demands.
It is embarrassing for the league to admit that they are losing money to the tune of $300 million+. But, how much more embarrassing will it be to see players remain overseas even after a deal gets done? As far apart as the owners and the players are, expect this lockout to grow increasingly ugly as each side grows more agitated because they are heading in two separate directions for the league’s future.
Since Ray Lewis is one of the most violent players on the field, I will take his word for the violence taking place off of it. All jokes aside, it seems pretty honest that he thinks crime will rise due to the cancellation of the NFL season.
Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic has been crowned the Defensive POY for the 3rd consectutive season making league history. Howard averaged 14.1 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and a career-high 1.3 steals for the Magic this season. He ranked second in the NBA in rebounds behind Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, and was tied for second in blocked shots behind Bucks center Andrew Bogut. It could be the first of several awards Howard earns this postseason. He is considered a top candidate for MVP along with Derrick Rose and LeBron James. Howard is also expected to be a first-team All-NBA selection. ESPN.Com
Earlier this month, not long after the televised documentary of the Fab Five aired on ESPN, former Michigan player and current ESPN Analyst Jalen Rose was arrested after crashed his car in Detroit. Rose was responsible for crashing his vehicle on March 11th in Bloomfield Township, a suburb of Detroit. Jalen Rose stated he did “feel impaired” however the former NBA player made a statement Wednesday that test results showed his blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit to drive. No one was injured in the single-vehicle accident. Rose was later arrested.
Rose continues to recieve backlash from Duke fans and other about his Uncle Tom statement during the FabFive showing.Read more here.
The “FAB Five” was a documentary based program which aired on ESPN this Sunday about the outstanding basketball careers of Michigan players Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson from 1991-1993. In the film, Rose, also the films Executive producer, mentioned that Duke only recruited black players who were looked at as “Uncle Toms.” Continue reading Grant Hill’s Response to Jalen Rose→