“A glimmer of hope”

Could we still get an 82-game NBA season?

A full 82 games of Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls?

Maybe.

Howard Beck of the New York Times writes:

Optimism, a rare visitor in N.B.A. circles in recent months, crept back into the room on Wednesday — slowly, cautiously and with muted fanfare. The lockout is not over, and a labor deal is not yet in reach. But it may be on the horizon by the weekend.

Negotiators for the league and the players union staged a marathon, 15-hour bargaining session that went from midday Wednesday until 3 a.m. Thursday. They emerged with bloodshot eyes and weary gazes but with a faint glimmer of hope that had not been seen in many months.

There was even talk of restoring a full, 82-game season — a possibility that had been all but ruled out earlier this month, after the league canceled the first two weeks of the season.

Well…maybe that’s getting a little ahead of things.

Said NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver: “I think it’s too early, not just in the morning, but still in the negotiations, to express confidence that we’re at a deal. There’s no question, though, that we did make progress on some significant issues. But there are still some very significant issues left.”

Silver has a point. But at least things appear to be moving forward instead of remaining deadlocked.

This presumably positive news came in the wake of D-Rose pulling out of the upcoming USO tour due to scheduling conflicts and blasting both the rookie salary scale and the greed of NBA team owners.

Said Rose: “I wish it was back like where it was in the old days where there wasn’t a [rookie salary scale]. Back in the day, they were giving guys coming out of college with multimillion-dollar contracts, so why stop it now? The game is growing. There’s no need to stop it.”

Rose added: “Greed is not on our side. We’re not greedy. … What [the owners are] trying to do to us is dead wrong.”

Much as I love D-Rose, it’s hard to argue that there isn’t greed at work on both sides. The lockout is, in essence, a fight over how to divide up billions of dollars during a dismal economic period in which 14 million Americans are unemployed.

That said, let’s hope the latest signs are accurate and the lockout is really and truly near an end.

6 Responses to “A glimmer of hope”

  1. jeffreythompson2@sympatico.ca'
    JT's Hoops Blog October 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    I have given up on listening to this lockout nonsence. There will be no 82 game season. And it’s not good for people to say that there will be. Stern already cancelled the first two weeks of the season. that’s already set in stone. Plus, one they agree, they will have to put everything on paper, edit it and mare sure all the I’s are dotted and ts are crossed. Lets not forget the free agency period. there’s no way anybody will be playing at least until December.

  2. jeffreythompson2@sympatico.ca'
    JT's Hoops Blog October 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    I have given up on listening to this lockout nonsence. There will be no 82 game season. And it’s not good for people to say that there will be. Stern already cancelled the first two weeks of the season. that’s already set in stone. Plus, one they agree, they will have to put everything on paper, edit it and mare sure all the I’s are dotted and ts are crossed. Lets not forget the free agency period. there’s no way anybody will be playing at least until December.

  3. mark.hawkins@randomnbafan.com'
    random nba fan October 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Although there was some progress on the system issues in yesterday’s meeting there is still no deal. They also did not discuss BRI yesterday which is the issue that ended last week’s talks. Until there is a deal–and we know whether or not there will even be a season–all talk of an 82-game season is premature wishful thinking.

  4. talkative26@yahoo.com'
    Nick October 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    DRose did go to the USO tour he won’t do the world tour though

  5. hellajax@gmail.com'
    BULL4EVER October 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    There has never at all been a such thing as wishful thinking when it comes to the NBA,especially when pro Basketball has always been second to America’s national pasttime known as Major League Baseball and I as a Bulls fan see an 82-game season,especially when the totally watered down nfl is playing games right now after those losers were locked out for a totally long time.The nfl started playing games,the NBA will play games no matter what,even if it means playing an 82-game season.I LOVE THIS GAME & GO BULLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Sum1witha Brain October 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    To those who think you CAN’T play an 82 game season please tell me why, other than, “They already cancelled 2 weeks.” We are talking about a league here, there are no broken laws if they decide to extend the NBA season 1 month to allow for a full season. Use your head.

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