Although the NBA lockout is still in full effect, there are still some exciting basketball games and exhibitions going on to help the fans satisfy their cravings.  One such event is the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown featuring amateur dunk contestants from around the country.  Ten semi-finalists have been chosen out of hundreds of contestants, and now the fans will choose who will move on to compete in the championship

Fans are encouraged to visit the site to watch videos of the ten semi-finalists, and then vote for their favorite two dunkers before August 12th.  The four semi-finalists with the most online votes will be chosen to compete for a chance to win $10,000 in the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown Championship in 2012.

Take a look at the last Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown Championship earlier this year in which Haneef "Young Hollywood" Munir competed against Terry "T-Dub" Cournoyea.

Who will be the champion in 2012?  Visit the Sprite Slam Dunk showdown site and take a look at the contestants and then cast your votes!

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:


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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