Prepare for a long summer of posts about a possible lockout. Last offseason we were spoiled with LeBron, big free agents, and the emergence of Kevin Durant as a superstar during the FIBA World Championships. This summer will be lame, especially if it is extended. Expect more pictures of David Stern and NBPA chief negotiator Billy Hunter than ever.
The Show is Finally Here
I can’t believe we are about two hours away from the most anticipated season of NBA basketball ever. I don’t think there has been this much hype to see LeBron play since that first professional game in Sacramento. Although the percentage of people hoping he fails miserably is certainly much higher; myself not included. I was pretty impressed with his new Nike commercial where he spends a minute and a half retorting just about everything people that criticized him said this summer; myself included. But none of it matters, all that matters now is the game and how well it’s played, The hoopla is over and the curtain is finally unveiled at 7:30ET in Boston. It certainly won’t be easy for the Heat as they have to play Boston and Orlando in their first week. Later, the Lakers start yet another title defense against a Rockets team that actually includes Yao Ming, while the Suns kick off the post-Amar’e era against a Blazers team that still does not have Greg Oden.
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Although this site looks bare bones as it nothing but text and hyperlinks, it actually contains a wealth of obscure basketball information. One of the most unique things it has is the salaries of every NBA player going back to the 1985-86 season. Salaries are not officially published by the NBA, so all the data was personally compiled from various sources by the site owner, Patricia Bender. The media can do a good job today of getting solid information about player salaries, but salaries from that far back are hard to come by. It’s funny to see that in 1985-86, Magic Johnson was the highest paid player at $2.5 million and the Lakers had the highest payroll at around $8.5 million. I attribute the rise in NBA revenue in the last 25 years to the savvy salesmanship of David Stern. Although that Michael Jordan dude helped too. Some of the many other things the site contains is game results, heights, weights, and birthdays of every player going back to the mid-90’s.
Larry Coon’s NBA Salary FAQ is one of the most invaluable documents on the internet if you want a quick education on the business side of basketball. I have been using this 100+ question FAQ about the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement as a reference for years, It’s easy to locate specific questions you may have about something like salary cap calculations or the lockout shenanigans of 1999, 2005, and 2011. The questions are very progressive so you can just read through the FAQ for a crash course. There’s also regularly updated tables of numbers and projected numbers regarding the salary cap. So if you ever needed to know something obscure like how much money the 17th pick of the 2011 draft will be making in 2013, this is a quick reference.
You could also do what I regrettably did years ago and read the entire CBA at nbpa.org. Unfortunately, like any legal document, it’s hard to follow and contains loads of redundant text to save the hides of both parties.
- First 5 technicals- $2,000 each
- Technical 6 through 10- $3,000 each
- Technical 11 through 15- $4,000 each
- Technicals after for 16 and above- $5,000 plus suspension
Next they’re going to have the fines go directly into the pockets of the refs. Everybody will be ejected by halftime.
Bleacher Report article on all the new uniforms in the NBA. I think all the new jerseys are improvements, but the Jazz get the biggest win.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall is convinced there will be a lockout in the NFL in 2011 and he guarantees that he would earn himself a spot on an NBA team if this happens. His first choice is Denver and then Miami. Of course there could be a lockout in the NBA for the 2011-12 season and then he would be really out of luck. It would be interesting to see how well he would do though, it’s doubtful it would be as bad as Garth Brooks trying out for the Padres.
Is it just me or does Jeff Van Gundy seem like he would be an awesome guy to have lunch with? As much as I think he deserves another crack at a top-notch coaching job (maybe LA in 2011-12), I almost would rather he stayed a commentator as he is easily one of the funniest men in the broadcast booth.