Where Will CP3 End Up?

It seems like CP3 is the one superstar that won’t have control over his new destination.

The New Orleans Hornets owners are the NBA. Throughout, the collective bargaining discussions the owners were pushing for a league where superstars couldn’t hop up and meet friends and create a super team. For example, Miami Heat and New York Knicks. So it makes sense that they would prevent a trade that could put the best shooting guard and best point guard in the NBA on the same team. CP3 has no leverage on his team, his request means nothing when the owners can deny everything.

With that said, all dreams of CP3, Melo and Amar’e playing together have been shut down when the Knicks added Tyson Chandler. And dreams of playing with another superstar seems impossible when the owners main goal is to give every team an equal chance at a championship. So where do we go from here? Well, the relationship right now between Chris Paul and the Hornets can be described as awkward, tense, or any other word that relates. The Hornets are aware that Paul wants out, and they know he will leave come summer time. They are going to try and trade him away. Yesterday, the NBA vetoed the proposed trade that would’ve sent Goran Dragic, Kevin Martin, and Luis Scola to New Orleans from Houston. Lamar Odom to New Orleans and Pau Gasol to the Rockets. The Lakers would also receive a 1st round pick from the Knicks via the Rockets. And the man in the middle of all of this Chris Paul to the Lakers.

The owners in some ways had been quite manipulative when this trade was being put together. The Hornets kept the owners involved throughout the whole process. Everything got the ok, which it was why it was a huge surprise to the Hornets and everybody involved when this trade was vetoed. Everyone is stunned.

Where do we go from here? Well, according to NBA.com,  A source directly involved in the negotiations told TNT’s David Aldridge Friday that progress had been made in a potential trade of Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Lakers. However, the trade was not expected to be completed Friday and could have several more incarnations before being completed, if it is completed at all. Through my eyes, this trade will go through. If the owners are worried about small market teams losing their stars, then they are making the wrong decision. I can see no other trade that would benefit the Hornets more. They would receive the reigning 6th man of the year and Pau Gasol the man who turned a 42-40 Lakers team in 2007 to a two time NBA championship winner in the past 4 years. For the Hornets as an organisation, who will most likely lose David West to the Celtics, desperately need big men to fill the middle. This trade will benefit them for the future, and they could easily be the best team to lose a superstar.

We’ll just have to see now if the owners will budge, and let CP3 go to Hollywood?

The Process

The excitement of the new NBA season is overwhelming and provides an energy that has been lacking around the basketball community for months. It did come as a surprise to most – the lockout ending. It was only two weeks ago when the NBPA decided to sue the owners.

After that incident, the optimism from weeks prior was put aside. Heads went down and everything seemed to go downhill. The season seemed like a long shot and everybody was getting used to a basketball free world. Only today did we receive a statement saying that both sides have reached a tentative agreement.

This week both sides met on Friday in secret for 15 hours trying to compromise and conclude with a deal. 15 hours of discussion and debate payed off when they believe they found gold with this deal. Of course both sides still have to ratify this deal. 15 of the 29 owners need to approve for this deal to go through. There is still more to do but for now the NBA is very much revived.

Training camps and Free Agency are set to begin on December 9th with the almighty tip off starting on Christmas Day. The sides that we all called greedy and selfish have put their differences aside and have reached a deal. And no matter how much they put us (the fans) through, we are grateful to have the NBA back in our lives.

Back in Action

Thank goodness! The NBA is back and threatening to overshadow Santa himself. There could be no better Christmas present than to see the revival of the NBA after a very dark couple of months.

When that first whistle blows in stadiums across the country, the return of the NBA will be official. The crowds will gather from MSG in the East to Staples Center in the West. The thrill of basketball will re-energize the nation and bring back something that his been dearly missed in our lives.

So this is cheers to a new season and let the games begin!

50/50

Congratulations, to the players and the owners for their 100th day anniversary of getting absolutely nowhere. Let’s all hope that this unhappy couple work out their problems soon, because there is nothing more aggravating than watching two partners argue over custody of… money.

Talks are in a stale mate situation since the players refused to meet with the owners unless the topic under discussion was a 50/50 deal. I guess for now it’ll be which side breaks first. The 50/50 deal was first thrown into the open as an idea, a simple idea that nobody had even mentioned. Equal distribution of the money had never even passed through either sides minds, so it was put off to the side. Obviously, the owners got thinking and realised that the 50/50 deal would benefit both sides the most.

That got me thinking as well, I looked at the 50/50 proposal from both vantage points and came to the conclusion that a 50/50 deal makes the most sense for both sides.

What the players and owners both don’t seem to understand is that they need each other for the other to have a job in the first place. They need each other like T-Pain needs auto-tune, like Harold needs Maude, like Shrek needs Donkey. There are no owners without the players and in turn there are no players without the owners.

The owners need the players for their organisation succeed, they need the players to bring them the fans and to bring them the championship. The players need the owners for a team to play on, for them to get paid and for them to have a career. For either side to get more money, it just seems like one partner is cheating on the other. And in this marriage there is no such thing as disloyalty.

To be completely honest, I think one of the main reasons a 50/50 deal makes the most sense is because no side will take less then the other. The players and owners could discuss ways to resolve the conflicts for ages and we still wouldn’t have an NBA season because no side seems willing to take any less then the other. We might as well call it even instead of missing a whole season. Besides that obvious reason, I think that the 50/50 deal makes the most sense due to what each side needs from the other.

The NBA is a very organised system. Owners invest in teams, they sign players, the players get paid by the owners and then us (the fans) go to watch the players play. If we broke it down you’d see that no side has the upper hand in this deal.

Without the owners the NBA is just a bunch of extremely talented basketball players either dominating European or Chinese basketball, or playing semi-telivised charity games all year in stadiums that can’t accommodate all the fans who love basketball. Without the owners the players have no money, at all. They are just normal people. The owners fuel the players careers, there are no players without the owners.

Without the players there is no excitement, there is no basketball, there is no NBA. Owners have no careers if there are no players. The players are the ones who risk their bodies, every day. They are the ones giving 100% of their energy every night to put on a show for the millions who love the NBA. We (the fans) love the NBA because of the excitement, the suspense, the talent, and the atmosphere. All those things come down to the players putting on a show.

Although, the players are the ones we love the NBA for, behind closed doors the owners are the ones responsible for most of it. Nobody has any leverage, each argument either side makes for more money can be matched by the other.

When there is no winner, there is either a tie or two losers. It just depends on how they look at it. Hopefully the verdict will be announced soon so we can get back to what really matters. Basketball.

What Happened to the NBA?

Here we are, 90 days into the lockout.
Each day has begun with a sense of hope of optimism and ended with disappoinment. Now we hear that David Stern is saying that the fate of the NBA season is depending on this weekend’s talks. I am no longer disappointed with the NBA but irritated with the players and owners’ union.

The lockout in simplest terms is due to greed. The players want more money, the owners want to pay the players less.

Don’t we always hear players talk about playing basketball because they have a passion for the game, they have a competitive drive, they have love for the sport. How are we supposed to believe that when they would rather make more money then do the thing they love.

I’m 100% correct in saying that every single NBA player is a millionaire. I just can’t grasp the fact that money is what is holding the NBA season up. If Derek Fisher (the president of the players union) is making 4 million dollars a year, does one or two million a year more really make a difference. 12 NBA owners rank among the 400 wealthiest Americans. Yet, owners want more money. The owners and players are making more money in a year then average families would make in a lifetime. Everybody is just too caught up with money, fast cars and the Hollywood lifestyle that they all seem to have forgotten why they started loving basketball in the first place. Kids like myself look up to players because they’re supposed to be our role models. They play the best sport in the world and through years of hard work and commitment, they have become the best at what they do. But I have lost a little respect for those involved in the players and owners union due to the fact that we’re still praying for a deal.

What ever happened to the good old days where NBA players and owners genuinely enjoyed being apart of the NBA – the place where “amazing happens”. Well right now the NBA is the place where disapointing happens.