We have an update on the NBA Lockout! And it's, uh, well…well it's not great.
After months of little to no progress, league commissioner David Stern may be at his wits end. Those of you watching the Rays-Yankees game last evening more than likely saw on the bottom of your sports ticker that Stern was threatening to cancel the 2011-2012 season if the owners and players could not make "major progress" on a deal by Monday.
In the intervening hours, the story has been largely squashed by a number of outlets as either a fabrication, misquote, or even your basic empty negotiating threat. Head on over to NBC Sports for a detailed wrap-up of of how this apparent "non-story" has unfolded.
Though its true that there's probably plenty of time to save at least part of the season—the drop-dead date often thrown around for that scenario is something like early January—the window is certainly closing on the idea of a full season. Piecing together the reports that have surfaced, it certainly sounds as though the two sides remain so far apart on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that hope is running out to complete an 82-game schedule without moving the season passed its usual dates or trying to compress that season into a smaller time frame.
Negotiations are scheduled to resume this Friday in New York.
Once the league is back in business, the Philadelphia 76ers will have a new assistant coach. Following the loss of Quin Snyder to Mike Brown's new staff in Los Angeles, coach Doug Collins has hired former Charlotte assistant Jeff Capel II to fill the void.
Prior to his time in Charlotte, Capel spent time at the college level coaching Old Dominion, North Carolina A&T and Fayetteville State. He has also spent time as a head coach in the D-League, returning to Fayetteville to oversee the developmental "Patriots."
In her report on the signing, CSN's Dei Lynam adds that the opening of NBA training camps has been pushed back until October 16th at the earliest. This date is obviously subject to further postponement given the success or failure of the league's on-going negotiations.
Battle for I-95 Rematch
And so, as long the players are locked out, they might as well do something, right?
Word is that the D.C. guys are a little salty about dropping that pick-up game to Team Philly last Sunday and are looking for a rematch in their hometown. Part II has been scheduled for October 15th from inside Coolidge High School in downtown D.C.
Rosters have not been finalized, but "some possible players for the Goodman League could include Kevin Durant, John Wall, Jeff Green, Michael Beasley and DeMarcus Cousins."
Former Temple Owl and Philadelphia's own Mark Tyndale announced on his Facebook page earlier this week that he has received an invitation to represent Team Philly just as he did with other former Owls Dionte Christmas and Mardy Collins at the Palestra.
In case you missed it, check out highlights from the "Battle for I-95" below.
I guess we're supposed to be arguing over which stretch of road is worse for traffic or something, as if its a sort of badge of honor that "it takes us longer to get home than it does for you—WE WIN!" Frankly, I don't think it's all that hard to agree that the highway can be a hellhole in and around both metropolitan areas and don't need to fight over whose construction patterns are worse.
But, if we agreed to that...then we'd get fewer 'oops. And then everyone loses.