With training camps scheduled to start seven weeks from now, one would think that the NBA and its Players' Association would be hell-bent on explaining their respective sides to each other as they attempt to end the month and a half-long lockout. No dice, friends. Because David Stern's got some relaxing to do. Apparently it's been a tough summer for him, too.
From Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski's Twitter account:
Ah, swell. It's not as if the players are moving much, either. They're still full of bluster and agent-talk that would have you believe half of the NBA's workforce has overseas playing gigs on the ready should the 2011-12 season fall through, something we've seen precious little evidence of, and according to the Boston Globe the NBAPA canceled a potential meeting with the owners on Wednesday. According to an NBAPA source, it was the NBA that was unavailable. Guh.
And though he is taking two weeks off when he should be burning two midnight lamps a night, Stern at least has the right attitude moving forward. From the Globe:
"I expect that we'll make a deal because the alternative is very destructive," he said. "It's destructive of $2 billion worth of player salaries and it's destructive most important to our fans of the game. And if it spirals badly everyone gets hurt. But in some ways I worry because the players have more to lose, especially those in the later stages of their career. So we're going to do everything when can when the rhetoric slows down to get this thing back on track."
Just not before August 25th. It's fishin' season.
Non-business as usual. Hope you have some gold reserves laying around, ticket-takers and car-parkers. Here's hoping the NHL expands to a 170-game season, beer vendors. The NBA and its players aren't even giving this a chance to get worse before it gets better.
- David Stern