|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.|
|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!...
|It appears as though the NFL lockout will probably be coming to an end later this week. The sides apparently were able to come to terms on the contentious issues and hammer out a deal that will save the season. While I'm not particularly optimistic the NBA will follow suit, there is definitely one thing to keep an eye on in the next couple of weeks in the NFL, and keep in mind if/when the NBA gets its act together.|
Latest comment: from BrianIt does, it can and it will. Only time frame I've seen is a couple of months from Kate Fagan...
|NBA.com is reporting that when all the math is done, the players' salaries will compromise less than their guaranteed 57% of BRI for the 2010-2011 season, the first time this has happened under the current CBA. This may not seem like big news, but it could have serious ramifications. For starters, the players will have about $160M due to them, 8% of their salaries.|
|As some players make the move overseas, others find ways to bide their time and the sides continue to avoid negotiations like the plague, we inch closer and closer to a completely lost NBA season. Here's today's question: What would the Sixers look like after a full lost season?|
Latest comment: from stoned81LOL that is some funny ish...
|In an interesting, if not completely convincing, turn of events, The New York Times published a long blog post charging the NBA with cooking its books to claim losses when the league actually was profitable as recently as the 2009-2010 season.|
|With the first holiday weekend of the lockout behind us, we've got some statements and stories to digest. Kevin Durant and Antawn Jamison made comments that probably reveal more about themselves than the negotiations, and Ian O'Connor wrote a piece for ESPN New York which clearly took the players' side. Let's discuss.|
|Let's, for a moment, bury our heads in the sand and imagine the owners weren't on the verge of locking the players out. Free agency would be opening up tomorrow and a player who would fit a need for the Sixers has just thrown his hat into the ring. Miami sharp shooter, James Jones.|
|With less than 48 hours remaining until a probable lockout, there really isn't a whole lot to do but sit around and wait. The lockout is a mixed blessing in my view, for a couple of reasons, but let's spend the day talking about what things might look like when the dust settles.|
|We're now roughly 71 hours away from a lockout. The players' union basically thumbed their noses at the owners' latest proposal and didn't even bother to submit a counter-proposal. There doesn't appear to be any way this lockout will be averted. Forget the union for a second, and let's talk about what this lockout means for the players who will essentially be rudderless for an indeterminate period of time.|
|As I'm sure you've all heard by now, Doug Collins plans to crisscross the country this week to meet with his players prior to the lockout, which will probably begin at the strike of midnight, Friday. Today, let's try to figure out what he'll have to say to each of his guys.|
|Ken Berger has some great details from the NBA collective bargaining agreement negotiations, and there's finally a number we can work with. The preliminary number for a salary cap, or "target salary" as they're calling it, is $62M. Where does that leave the Sixers?|