|Dei Lynam caught up to Andre Iguodala on the golf course yesterday and grabbed a few quotes on the lingering lockout and his plans should it stretch through the season.|
|David Stern and his gaggle of lawyers struck a preemptive blow against the NBA in the form of a couple of lawsuits yesterday. The suits are an attempt to turn the decertification move on its head, and if the owners get the desired result, decertification would turn the league on its head.|
|The two sides in the NBA labor dispute sat down at the negotiating table yesterday for the first time in over a month. As was expected, they came away from their session no closer to a deal. I guess it's a positive sign that they met, but it's hard to shake the feeling these meetings are little more than keeping up public appearances at this point.|
|ESPN ran a half-hearted debate last week going position-by-position trying to determine who is the best in the NBA at each spot. Well, the lockout is officially killing most meaningful Sixers discussion, so why not kick around this very same topic.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersI don't believe Wade is the best player on his team - let alone the league That's ignoring his injury history...
|If/when this infernal lockout finally, mercifully comes to an end and the Sixers are expected to put a basketball team on the floor, Doug Collins is going to have some juggling to do. Barring a minor miracle, he's going to have much the same roster this season as he had in 2010-2011. While last season was about feeling out his players and gauging their roles, this year he's going to need to tweak things to make them work better. Unfortunately, he might just find he's got a lopsided squad.|
|Over the past couple days in the comments, the conversation has continually drifted to contention. How can the Sixers get from here to there? Is contention just a pipe dream? Is there anything the new owners can do to move the needle? Well, there's one clear path to relevance. Dwight Howard.|
|Yesterday, we argued the comparative values of two bench players, Lou Williams and Thad Young. Today, let's tackle a bigger question. Jrue Holiday vs. Andre Iguodala.|
|Here's a fun exercise to pass the time on this scorching hot Thursday. Start with the Sixers team that went to the finals in 2000-2001, pick any player who played for the Sixers at any time that year or any times since, and put together a roster. Further explanation and rules to follow.|
|Since the players and owners can't be bothered to have a legitimate negotiation until August, there's really not a whole lot going on in the NBA these days. We might as well waste some time analyzing the schedule that was released yesterday, even if the odds are against the season playing out that way.|
|Later today in what can either be described as a "thumbing their noses at us," or "slapping us in the face," move, the NBA will release the schedule for the 2011-2012 season. Typically, this is the day when I take a look and try to pinpoint a couple games I'm going to buy tickets for. It's just another step to build the excitement for the upcoming season. This year, it's just cruel.|
Latest comment: from stoned81Well if there can be one silver-lining to the lockout, I'll take it!...