Well, now the lawyers are winning. Again. 

Today the NBA filed suit against the players union for "unfair labor practices." They also filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board. 

In response to the report, NBA analyst David Aldridge stated, "I am not optimistic that season will start on time."

You think so? Quite a reach, Dave.

The story goes on to describe the acrimony between the two sides that could remind one of another recent battle between two opposing sides that need to work together for the common good, instead of continuing their own privatewar:

Both actions are reactions to recent threats by the players' union that were hampering negotiations, the NBA said in a statement.

Vague. But David Stern Jr. er Adam Silver had this to say:

"These claims were filed in an effort to eliminate the use of impermissible pressure tactics by the union which are impeding the parties' ability to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement."

Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

Remember several years ago when the NHL found itself in a lockout situation? The rancor was so heavy from players and fans alike towards Gary Bettman, threats were made on his and his family's lives. I can't help but think the public perception of Silver and Stern is that of two arrogant little men prohibiting  a fans desire to watch their favorite game and watch their favorite players.  Maybe it isn't perception, maybe reality, nevertheless, they are very capable of doing some serious, irreparable damage to the league's reputation.

The people won't stand for it.

Links to the story:

CNN

NBA: Nothing But Attorneys?: Wojo/Yahoo


Marcin Gortat Responds To Story About His Lopez Comments

We tracked Marcin down in Poland so he'd have a chance to clarify or correct anything from the previous story.

Read his comments and decide for yourself.




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Ron Artest considers calling the UK his home

Yup, the rumour of Ron Metta Artest Willy Wonka David Blaine Ronald McDonald World Peace joining the top British league is still going strong.

Ever since Artest mentioned on Twitter that England was a country he would be interested in playing in, the UK has been talking about it on a regular basis.

Today has seen the Cheshire Jets director, Pete Hawkins, state that a verbal agreement has recently been reached over the basics of the contract which means they are the current favourites in the race to secure his signature.

As with everything Ron Artest-related though, the details of a potential move are all very sketchy. Mention of him completing a movie in the UK towards the end of 2011 could increase the likelihood of him sticking around and potentially joining a team but equally likely is that just as Ron is about to board his flight to England, he becomes distracted by a passing butterfly and follows it into the roaring engine.

This is the kind of uncertainty that surrounds the current Laker forward.

All that I CAN be certain of, is that if he spends any time in the BBL, the league will receive a tremendous short term boost.

To which I will raise my glass of Pimms.


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