Yesterday the coffin was pretty much covered with the 2011-12 NBA season resting on the inside. Today one of the first nails went into that coffin. Problem is the season still isn’t dead. It’s just on its way to dying.
According to reports Executioner Stern has canceled games as the entire month of November and up through December 15th will pass without any NBA action.
This move was expected some time ago and likely was going to happen even if talks were still on going. That much is pretty clear.
What is unclear is how much longer we’ll have to wait until the entire season is buried, never to be seen again.
Let’s just face the truth here. The truth is the owners have waited for this moment. Today marked the first official revenue loss for the players. Today also marks a guarantee of more lost revenue. Not a coincidence by any means.
There is no way of knowing exactly what has been said behind closed doors. But actions always speak louder than words.
The actions of the owners reflect a mentality of greed and arrogance brought on by the ability to paint their employees into a corner. Thus far it is the players that have made the most concessions. If we had a scoreboard to keep track it would show the players have been hustling to get a deal done.
But that hardly matters now that the union is going to take legal action. About all we can do is to sit and watch in agony as the NBA season dies a slow, miserable death right before our eyes.