With the Celtic’s offseason beginning, and CBA rumors flying faster than Rondo in transition I thought it would be appropriate to provide a CBA “bible” for Celtics fans. Don’t worry I won’t ask you to crusade for contraction of the Heat (although that would be nice) or go to confession. Although I must confess, if the lockout happens winter will suck. I will tell you what Celtic’s fans should be hoping for in the new CBA and what can help the deal get done.
What C’s Fans Should Wish For:
A Season– It is pretty clear that NBA owners and the NBA Players association is pretty far from reaching an agreement on revenue. David Stern is citing a bunch of teams that lose money (some on purpose, see: Dallas “I want a tax break” owner Mark Cuban), and the players are asking for proof. The Kings have already decided to relocate, and mentioned the deadly word “contraction.” For most of us contractions are just a way to combine two words together, add an apostrophe, and be lazy, but in the world of the NBA nobody wants to hear the word contraction. Nobody wants to hear it because contraction gives the owners/ Stern more power, and the negotiations become much like you negotiating a hall pass, you have no shot.
Exceptions to Stick Around– Most of us expect exceptions when we don’t turn in our work on time or when we get pulled over for speeding, but when talking NBA salary cap, exceptions can make or break a roster. The “Larry legend,” mid-level, bi-annual, rookie, and early bird exception all work in favor of the C’s getting better over the next few years. Although there are only a few options for this year’s roster, Big Baby will qualify for the Larry Bird exception (I can’t believe I just wrote those two names in the same sentence), all the salary cap exceptions will come in handy when the Big Three call it quits.
We need Rondo to work on his J, Jeff Green to be more assertive, and the List Goes On and On– NBA players are known for producing the “do nothing” chromosome when a lockout is looming. Have you ever seen pictures of Barkley in 1998? Hopefully players won’t assume there will be no season, and visit the drive through more than the gym. Rondo needs a thousand J’s a day, and Jeff Green needs to participate in some informal NFL practices. No need to worry about the Big Three they understand how to take care of their bodies, but the young players need to be reminded that the off season is the time to get better.
Things That May Help the NBA:
Revenue Sharing- Revenue sharing is a great way to keep smaller market teams afloat and to increase the competitiveness within the league (See: the NFL. Oh wait….they locked out). Admittedly revenue sharing may not solve world hunger, or even the NBA’s problems, but it will give the two sides another avenue to come to an agreement.
Increased Televisions Ratings- As much as you hate watching Lebron James act like he has won 17 championships already, I advise you to at least turn your t.v. on and walk away. Increased television ratings will help the league in a major way. Increased ratings mean more money from advertisers, which gives the owners, teams, and players more money to play with when negotiating. Not that watching the ever dreaded Heat/Mavs final will put kryptonite in the owners spandex, but it will give the players another leg to stand on.
The NFL Agreeing To A CBA- Have you ever been lost? Me too. Well right now the NBA is lost and the NFL is providing both sides with turn by turn navigation on how to get to the bank. If the NFL can agree to a new CBA it will set out some parameters by which the NBA can operate to get a deal done. Not to mention the court’s decisions along the way can significantly impact the process by which both sides negotiate. So, root for the NFL to settle this Whitney and Bobby like disagreement. Plus how are we going to spend our Sunday this fall? Bed, Bath, and Beyond?
Now we have a wish list, and a guide to CBA success. If you find yourself on a beach somewhere reading this feel free to add your own prescriptions for the C’s and the CBA in the comments section.
As always criticism welcomed.
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