Your semi-weekly update where we can look at the NBA labor situation, cringe, and then try and forget about it for a couple more weeks.
- The big news is that there is going to be an actual meeting between the players and the owners this week. Perhaps even bigger news is that it's only going to be the power players of each side.
Hoopsworld is reporting that the drop-dead date for scheduled training camps and preseason is 9/15, and ProBasketballTalk speculates that regular season games would start to be axed on 10/1. I'm guessing the latter would be the only thing considered truly real stakes.
- A neat post at TrueHoop that cogently plots the various CBA proposals visually.
- Now come fun (in a way...a sad way) commentary from around the best of the hoops blogosphere, starting with Zach Lowe's work on the proposal of a hard salary cap at SI.com, and Tom Ziller looking at the idea of raising the age minimum at SBNation.com.
- Kelly Dwyer blames the owners for creating this lockout mess, but the players if it hurts the season. I think that's what he's saying. Sam Amick has a somewhat similar 'give it up, players, sorry' stance.
- And finally, what may be the best of the bunch, Tim Donahue at 8 points, 9 seconds sprays to all fields as to what's 'truth and power' with each side. Takes aim at the aforementioned Lowe and Ziller, at David Stern's comments to Bill Simmons, at what Maurice Evans had to say about the owners supposed disingenuous behavior, and much more.
OK, now to go wash out my eyes with de-clogging agents.