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Barkley: NBA needs 'miracle' to avoid lockout

Posted on: June 27, 2011 2:58 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 11:08 am
 
Charles Barkley says it will take a "miracle" to avoid an NBA lockout. Posted by Ben Golliver charles-barkley

The latest dispatch on the NBA's labor negotiations from CBSSports.com's Ken Berger doesn't sound particularly promising. Berger writes that the two sides will need to feel "the pain of a work stoppage" before negotiations pick up and notes that a source involved in previous NBA labor negotiations says, "It's going to be ugly." One person who would co-sign all of that: television commentator and Naismith Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. In an interview with ESPN Radio New York, transcribed by Sports Radio Interviews, Barkley forecasts doom and gloom, and blames the Miami Heat.
"I’m not saying this because I’m in the NBA, if you go back and look, David Stern has been the best commissioner in sports the last 25 years. It would take a miracle on his part not to have a lockout and I truly believe that. I think there’s going to be a lockout, I think the owners are dug in, I think they want to send a message to these players.

"I think they’re really upset by this LeBron James / Chris Bosh situation, because their teams don’t have to be really good, but I feel like if they have a star in their market they can make some money. And if all the stars want to play together… we’re almost becoming like baseball where you’ve got a few good teams and the rest of them stink."
It's difficult to buy everything that Barkley is selling here.

There's no question that limiting or restricting star player movement is a top priority for the owners. If a few more major free agency classes go the way of the 2010 class, the NBA could really be staring at a monumental divide between the haves and have nots.

But we're not there yet. We just wrapped up the most exciting playoffs in ages, when upstarts like the Memphis Grizzlies arrived on the scene, young, small-market teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder did major damage, and a carefully constructed roster of veterans, the Dallas Mavericks, took home the crown. The star-swamped New York Knicks were swept out of the first round, the Heat collapsed in the Finals and the Los Angeles Lakers embarrassed themselves after getting eliminated in the second round. A huge number of teams (Chicago, Boston, Miami, Dallas, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Los Angeles, maybe even Orlando) entered the playoffs feeling as if they had a legit shot to win a title. Prognosticating for next season, it's similarly wide open. At least seven or eight teams have a decent shot at winning it all.  

To summarize: player movement isn't yet at a crisis point, but it's smart for Barkley and others to look further into the future. The NBA, like most professional sports leagues, is a copycat league. The Heat's blueprint worked flawlessly right up until they choked two games short of the title. They'll be in the championship mix for at least the next five years. That's a plan worth emulating. Establishing some stiffer checks and balances, given that set of circumstances, is logical and prudent.
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Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Barkley: NBA needs 'miracle' to avoid lockout

i usually listen to barkley but after he claimed david stern was the best commissioner in sports the last 25 years i puked in my mouth a little



Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Barkley: NBA needs 'miracle' to avoid lockout

I usually agree with Barkley. But when he says David Stern is the best commissioner in sports, I want to call for a drug test. In 11 or 12 years, Stern has allowed the NBA to become the laughing stock of professional sports. With the thug mentality both off and on the court, crooked, horrible officiating and stupid fines because someone dared to question league officials, it has become a bad joke.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Barkley: NBA needs 'miracle' to avoid lockout

To summarize: player movement isn't yet at a crisis point, but it's smart for Barkley and others to look further into the future. The NBA, like most professional sports leagues, is a copycat league. The Heat's blueprint worked flawlessly right up until they choked two games short of the title. They'll be in the championship mix for at least the next five years. That's a plan worth emulating. Establishing some stiffer checks and balances, given that set of circumstances, is logical and prudent
 Barkley never does anything smart. Whether it's saying on National TV "That's why I hate white people," or throwing a guy through a plate glass window, or getting a happy ending in a car from someone other than his wife.  Never. He's a dumbarse.

As for the NBA labor strife....

One, the lockout hasn't even happened yet and the media is clamoring for a start to their endless stories about nothing. For once, can we wait to see it happen before the endless quotes from idiots and their ilk?

Two, it's always gloom and doom. The NFL situation seems to be coming to a close and no games will probabay be lost. Who is to say it won't happen here?

Three, the NBA has David Stern. This guy is light years better than any existing commisioner and is IMO the best ever for the NBA. Does he want his legacy ruined like Selig's? He's one sharp dude. He knows how to bring ppl together when necessary. He's a winner.

Four, this isn't DeMaurice Smith running the NBAPA. Hunter is a sharp guy and veteran of negotiations. He isn't about the fancy hats, court cases and rhetoric. The shirts were corny, but still he's proven himself over the years.

It may be nasty and long, but there is too much to lose coming after one of the NBA's best seasons since Jordan retired. Do they want to lose the momentum and new audience(and regaining some of the older one) over dividing profits? Stern is too media saavy for that.

So sit back, avoid reading clowns like Berger and his ilk and let it play out. Odds are it gets done and most, if not all of the NBA season will happen.

(Labor)Peace.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Barkley: NBA needs 'miracle' to avoid lockout

arles Barkley says it will take a "miracle" to avoid an NBA lockout. Posted by Ben Golliver. charles-barkley
 


No a miracle is Charles Barkley ever saying anything intelligent. That was turrible.



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Barkley: NBA needs 'miracle' to avoid lockout

Golliver-

Good for you to realize that there's something to be discussed with the issues the NBA is having with the pending CBA.  Bad on you for downplaying the Heat business model as a potential crippling of the NBA.  The Heat put this in motion at the start of the season, which clearly took all season for the team to figure out how to play with each other, finally putting something together at the right time.  The Knicks waited way too long to pull the trigger to get their second star in Melo and another guy in Billups, not quite the same as the big three in Miami.  Everyone saw how effective this was and how dominant Miami will be for the forseeable future and the rich are ready to hop on the band wagon.

This business model will quickly destroy the NBA and the owners know it.  the NFL is the business model all leagues want to model themselves after and the NBA and MLB (also needing a major overhaul) need to get after it now.  A league where you have 12 teams in the playoffs and 11 of them have a fairly decent chance of winning is unprecedent.  In basketball, 16 teams make it and 4-5 teams having a decent chance of taking the title is not impressive, it's quite dull in comparison.  Baseball is an exception, only because 8 teams make the playoffs, limiting the crap that gets in, which makes it a little more exciting.

NBA needs a hard salary cap and they need to put spending limits (low and high) on owners to make a team want to go out and spend money to get talent in their cities.  This is one of many steps required to get the NBA back on track.  One year of success doesn't mean that the NBA is back.  People will tire of James and Co. eventually and basketball will return to their unsuccessful ways without drastic change.  As much as I don't care for Stern, he and the owners need to deal with losing a season to get the players to fall in line with a business model that works for 30 teams, not 6.  As storied as the Lakers, Celtics and Knicks are, I would rather see 12-13 teams in the playoffs with a chance to win it all than to see 2 of those three in the finals year in and year out.  That would be truly exciting baskeball.




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Barkley: NBA needs 'miracle' to avoid lockout

I believe in miracles. But unless God removes free will even He couldn't stop this lockout from happening. Human pride & greed is too powerful.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Barkley: NBA needs 'miracle' to avoid lockout

The players have way too much....I don't know....LOL! I do know one thing for sure....the 2010 free agency class will be remembered for quite some time.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Barkley: NBA needs 'miracle' to avoid lockout

Sorry but the NFL has the best commissioner in sports the past 25 years. The NBA still needs to deal with their steroid/HGH problem as well as their horrible officiating, fixed games, and referees with mafia involvment. Try catching up to MLB so until then the best commisioner is in the NFL with the NHL second, and MLB third. The NBA is barely 4th over the IBF.



Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Barkley: NBA needs 'miracle' to avoid lockout

I truely miss football, but would not miss basketball by a long shot. The officiating is horrible and on the take, players are not fundementally sound anymore, no defense, flopping has taken over, gawd I miss football.

Please bring back, Dr J, Larry Bird, Worthy, Ainge, Mchale, Byron Scott, Adrian Dantley, Alex English. The NBA is full of one and dones and high schoolers without any class.



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Barkley: NBA needs 'miracle' to shut up Barkley

He's turrable just turrable.

But considering the Heat would be assured of not winning this coming year with a lockout, wouldn't that be a good thing?   Wink


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