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The lockout could really sting the Heat

Posted on: July 5, 2011 2:48 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 2:50 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Some owners are reportedly just fine with losing an entire season of basketball to get a favorable deal. That's not a good thing for players because not only do they miss out on their paychecks, but it also hurts players who had to postpone their free agency and are now a year older.

And think about teams that have superstars players in the final year of their contracts: Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Dwight Howard could all potentially walk from their current teams without ever playing another game for them. And not only that, but because the lockout halts all business, the Hornets, Nets and Magic wouldn't even have an opportunity to pull a Carmelo-ish trade and try and get something in return.

Definitely a little something for those owners to think about, especially when time starts to run out.

But think about how a lockout could affect the league's most visible team. Via the Miami Herald:
"If next season goes by the wayside, that means (Heat owner) Micky Arison has only two more seasons guaranteed with the Big 3 under contract. What could happen after that is too scary to even consider right now. Put yourself in Arison's shoes, and you would be walking to the negotiating table right now to make sure a deal gets done in time."
James, Wade and Bosh all gave themselves early termination options after the 2013-14 season. A lost season would definitely make winning not one, not two, not three, et cetera, et cetera, much more difficult.

So that's four teams that have a little different perspective as negotiations continue on. Of course the Hornets are owned by the NBA so that's awkward, but for the Magic, Nets and Heat for sure, there's some incentive in making sure 2011-12 happens. Making money is always the top goal for the owners, but having a winner and/or star players typically helps that.

And watching Howard, Williams or Paul walk without anything in return could damage some bank accounts. Same with Arison and the Heat. That team, while the most polarizing in the league, is also a lightning rod of popularity. Everyone watches the Heat. Arison would be missing not just one extra shot at a title, but another season of consistent sellouts and crazy merchandise sales.

Something to think about, at least.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 11:10 pm

The lockout could really sting the Heat

Nowhere in all these lockout stories does anyone ever discuss the real losers: those regular citizens who make their living working at games, in bars and restaurants near the arenas and other jobs associated with the NBA. We are coming off a horrible recession. Some families are barely holding on. Now a battle between multi millionaires threatens thousands of jobs and the ability of some families to put food on the table.

There are many who will suffer more than owners and players if the season is lost. Let's not forget about them.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:09 pm

The lockout could really sting the Heat

I will miss fantasy basketball a lot, but for the actual season? Who actually cares? The players, some at least, seem to consider themselves some sort of 5th rate gods. It is probably time for a piece of reality, a slice of humble pie, a dose of the truth, or however you want to word it. To actually think that the NBA is a popular as the NFL IS REALLY LUDICROUS. It is time for the owners to make their stand. When players are allowed to get together and decide to play on a certain team together, things have got to change. This was the turning point of the owners, know that it has happened and will happen again if changes are not made. If 3 owners had gotten together and decided that they would make offers to certain players and ignore the others to keep contracts down, the player's union would be in court in a heartbeat. Double standards are not good. Time to bring the players to the real world, no matter how long it takes.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 6:57 pm

Get Dwight!

the Heat need to break open the bank vault again and get Dwight---he's in a dead end city and wants a lot more money and nightlife.  The clubs in Orlando are dead at midnight.  In South Beach, Dwight can party hard till 4-5 AM!!!

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