When asked how the union is encouraging younger players to save money, J.J. Hickson, a 22-year-old first-round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers, said: "I don't know anything about that saving stuff."Oh boy. I come not to demonize Hickson for his honesty, but to note that his straightforward admission serves as the quintessential example of why NBA owners are playing hardball, despite rising league-wide income. Their stance comes from one recently taken by NHL owners: war chest or not, there is a breaking point financially for professional athletes, and it comes far earlier than the breaking point financially for owners of professional sports teams. It's a guarantee that Hickson and players like him will know more about "that saving stuff" one year from today than they do now, by necessity, if there's a lockout. And what they find out might not be pretty. That's what owners are banking on.