Dark Day for the NBA

Better Yet, Will Amazing Happen This Year?

Tonight, the NBA season was slated to begin. As we know, that won’t be happening any time soon. With the prolonged lockout, NBA commissioner David Stern has canceled all games scheduled in the month of November. The Celtics were scheduled to host the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow night at the TD Bank Garden.

What would have been viewed as a marquee game two seasons ago with LeBron James still dawning a Cavalier jersey would have been a good tune-up for the Celtics and a chance to get a look at two of the top-four picks in the draft this past year: Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson. The one chance for Boston fans to see Irving, the No. 1 pick in the draft, in person is now gone. The only way that would change is if the lockout ended and the league released a brand new schedule.

There are some reports that an NBA labor deal is 95% complete, but that last 5% seems to be by far the biggest hang-up on a potential CBA. The final hurdle for the two sides to complete is the split for Basketball Related Income (BRI). As of right now, the owners want an even split of 50-50. The players have dropped from 57% in their favor to an offer of about 52%. If neither side budges, we may not have a season. Seems pretty petty to everyone that doesn’t sit in on the meetings, but it’s not my money so I won’t get involved.

As of right now, I get a feel that a lot of people are holding out hope that the NBA will open their season on Christmas Day. I, personally, think it’s a great time to open up. Basketball fans will have waited two long months for some professional basketball and Christmas Day games get incredible ratings. You have your elite teams (Mavericks, Bulls, Heat, Lakers, Magic, Celtics, Knicks and Thunder) headline opening day. There’s only one NFL game on Christmas Day, so there wouldn’t be too much competition on the tube for viewers. With only one more week of the NFL regular season and the playoffs on Sundays, the NBA would only have to wait a couple more weeks to begin their NBA on NBC Sunday schedules.

Maybe the situation I just laid out comes to fruition. Maybe it’s wishful thinking. Maybe the season is already lost. Maybe this will be more than just a dark day, but a dark season, in the history of the league. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.

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Hunter Thomas
As a lifetime New England sports fan, Hunter was determined in October of 2005 to finally start using that passion and determination to create the site now known as Celtics 24/7. Formerly known as Celtics Pride, Celtics 24/7 has become one of the most well-respected and followed Celtics websites. Our motto “For Fans, By Fans” rings entirely true as we’ve built and grown a community of passionate and enthusiastic Celtics fans. It all starts with you–the fans, and I appreciate every single person who supports us on our journey to the top.


  1. Jamie Canu

    November 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    when the MLB strike happened I gave up on baseball for 4 years, only to watch it because of the McGwire-Sosa roids race.

    When the NHL locked out in 2004 I didn’t watch until 2010 and that was only because the Oilers drafted Taylor Hall and I needed to see the rook. I am glad I went back.

    If the NBA locks out the season I am guessing I miss atleast 4 years.

    I am a bit more bitter now as an adult with a family working hard to make ends meet that they are fighting over massive amounts of money like they are trying to earn a living wage.

    If you don’t like what the owners are offering, go get a real job. If you don’t like what the players want in pay, then sign someone else.

    Both sides are wrong, be a man and take a stand either for more money or less money in you contract negotiation, stop hiding behind union talks.

    The owners created this monster by offering contracts to these players. Players make it worse by flaunting it, then crying like they are being wronged.

  2. Trey

    November 1, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    That’s bull ready for NBA to be back. It seems way better when we have a NBA but I guess those people don’t understand that. Hope my celtics will be on tv this year and that their will be a NBA. Missing the NBA season would kill me

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