The lockout was a bad situation for many NBA-related employees, with layoffs for salaried league and team workers to reduced hours for arena wage-workers. It was a tough time for many Americans, just as it has been during this entire extended recession.
Luckily, with the league set to start back up again, there's good news for people looking to get a foot in the NBA door. As Henry Abbott reports at TrueHoop, there should be quite a few entry-level hires around the league soon:
"The method to get an entry-level basketball operations job for an NBA team has always been to get your résumé to the right person at the right time," says a front office executive who wishes to remain anonymous. "Now is the right time."
League-wide, this source guesses, something like 20 to 40 first NBA jobs for hard workers with some basketball experience will be filled.
The reason so many executives are scrambling to identify candidates is because the lockout has removed many from the mix -- those with connections and experience in the business found jobs in high school or college, where they are generally committed for the rest of the season if not longer.
The upshot here, if I may put things into the only economic terms I understand, is that there's high demand and low supply for these roles. So if you've ever wanted to spend your days deflecting requests for interviews regarding Clippers lawsuits or marketing a Kemba Walker/DJ Augustin backcourt as if they were the second coming of Earl Monroe and Walt Frazier, this is your chance.
NBA work environments vary in quality, but generally you want to apply for positions in good work environments, not those that fire a new general manager every other year (e.g. Portland) or get embroiled in inconsequential rookie-scale contract disagreements (e.g. Memphis). However, it's also easier to stand out in some those organizations, so maybe it's worth the risk.
If you need a reference, let me know. I am willing to help.