As the NBA Lockout comes to a standstill, with no constructive meetings between the player's union and the league likely to occur until lost games and lost paychecks are imminent, the Greed Theatre between the players and the owners grows, furthering the contempt and mistrust of loyal NBA fans everywhere. 

Matt Moore from ProBasketballTalk recently wrote an article about NBA agents having a principle role in creating what eventually was partially responsible for the lockout: wanting the most money and the longest-term contracts possible for their players, and thus taking advantage of a broken system to guarantee that. 

Moore interestingly seperates the "sides" in the NBA Lockout Greed Theatre into not two, but six pieces: " the rich owners, the poor owners, the moderate owners, the superstar players, the role players, and… the agents". Each piece plays a part, each piece wants the most money possible, and everyone knows that it's simply not possible for everyone to get their way. That's why negotiation is a lofty but reasonable goal: because in this lockout, nobody is going to score a home run. 

The drama that we're seeing now is nothing compared to what it will be in a few weeks when additional pressure on the players, agents, and owners causes everyone to lose. Then all we can do is sit back and watch the action unfold, hoping that someone will fold. 

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Who's going to get the worst end of the deal when a deal is made?

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One of the most significant and contentious issues facing the Phoenix Suns and their plans for the future is the decision they must make about the two-time league MVP, seven-time NBA all-star, and current face of the franchise, Steve Nash.  The 37 year-old veteran point guard is currently under contract with the Suns until the end of the 2011/12 season (assuming it is played), and although his age may cause some people to question his worth, Nash has shown little if any signs of slowing down.  Steve has lead the NBA in assists in five of the last seven seasons, including the last two in a row.  He has also continued to shoot the ball at a very high level with .492% FG, .395% 3pt, and .912% FT stats in the 2010/11 season.

Michael Schwartz from the blog Valley of the Suns recently wrote an article detailing the three options the Phoenix Suns are currently facing regarding Steve Nash.  First, the Suns could choose to trade Nash either before the season or prior to the trade deadline in exchange for another star player and or future draft picks.  Second, the Suns could re-sign Nash to a two or three year extension and allow him to retire as a Sun.  And finally, the Suns could opt to simply let Steve Nash walk at the end of this season to save cap room going into the 2012 summer of free agency in hopes of landing another superstar.

Steve Nash has proven that he is still one of the best offensive point guards in the league, but without any other legitimate stars playing along side him there is little hope of winning a championship. With the Suns' decision to let fellow perennial all-star Amare Stoudemire sign with the New York Knicks before the start of last season, rather than to offer a guaranteed max contract deal, the Phoenix Suns all but conceded their quest for a title and instead chose to re-build. Many people believe that it makes much more sense at this point to either trade Nash for value in return, or to let him walk at the end of the season and officially rebuild.  But with Steve Nash being the only real draw left for season ticket holders and merchandise purchasing, can the Suns afford to lose him?

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What should Phoenix do about Steve Nash?

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I have no worthwhile haikus to contribute this month. I am so sorry I’ve failed you. Actually I don’t *really* care, but I want to be consistent – so please feel free to add your own in comments as usual. Also, I should mention that I’ve spent most of the last few months on vacation and/or working very hard, so basketball has taken a backseat lately to exploring new restaurants in big (actual) cities and bitch-slapping deadlines that try to bring me down. Sorry, but that’s just the way it is. Until we get some momentum on the upcoming, slow/late starting season, my haikus will be more like hai-poos. Oh, me. 

We’ll start out easy:

 

Hot but not humid

Typical Phoenix summer

Still waiting for rain

 

                Haboob…pff…nonsense

                Come on, it’s just blowing dust

                Phew, I wasn’t here

 

It rained after all!

But only for ten minutes

And that’s all we’ll get

 

Then add some Suns references:

 

When I heard the news

(NBA released schedule)

I smashed butterflies

 

No October games…

Halloween will take their place

As significant

 

It is just so sad

Paychecks will go missing soon

Blank televisions

 

Our team grows older

Grant Hill, Steve Nash, Vince Carter

Waiting for resolve

 

And  to wrap it up:

 

Haircuts are awesome

Unless it was one of those

Britney Spears moments

 

Jim Coughenour

Our resident thesaurus

Verbose and prolix…

 

I hope my fellow BSotS are enjoying summer, despite the current state of NBAffairs.

 

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You weren't expecting good news, were you? Yet another body of this lead zeppelin has spoken out-the agents. And they want to bring some more lawyers into this deal.

Of course I wasn't paying attention to those guys. I was thinking about the popcorn sellers and security guards working at the arena that weren't getting paid. But a lot of people arn't going to see checks pretty soon.

Wojo writes here about the rising doubt of the agents that Billy Hunter is a man to get things done:

"Right now, it's a respectful disagreement with [the agents] and Billy," an agent briefed on the meeting told Yahoo! Sports. "But it's getting to a ‘[expletive]-you' point. We will blow this thing up."

An "F-U point?" Good lord. If agents really think that Hunter is in any position to get anything done by himself with the present "plan of attack" (which doesn't really exist), then, they are as naiive as anyone who thinks this thing isn't going to get like drunken soccer brawl in the stands ugly.

This article goes on to tell us what we already know, the owner's are sitting back and waiting. They need not do anything right now. Why make any concessions, the players have yet to starve. And while it's cold blooded or cut throated, it makes perfect strategy. Said Sun Tzu:

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.

And more to the point, Wojo reaffirms:

The owners are counting on panic to take over the union once the players start missing checks. That's when the owners want to cut a deal, when the players are most vulnerable and fearful of losing a full season's salary. The players risk getting the same lousy deal next year after already losing a year's salary.

Hunter is selling diplomacy, but his foe is hardly is over a barrel. In fact, if he could even get the owner's back to the table with something reasonable, he's only Chamberlain shaking hands with the nazis (not that the owners are indeed nazis-just a quick metaphor that came to mind).

Check out the article for more about the agents and thier cry for decertification.


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