Tuesday Donuts: Night Of The Hunter
DONUT 1: I consider myself a logical guy, but I'm unable to grasp the logic in NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter deciding to say that if he "had to bet on it,'' he would bet that the entire 2011-12 season would be wiped out by the lockout.
And of course, Hunter says that all Stern's fault.
Hunter notes that Stern's "constituency'' – the NBA owners -- now demands a profit due to the high prices they paid to enter the league.
"In the last six or seven years,'' Hunter says, "there is a new group of owners to come in who paid a premium for their franchises, and what they're doing is kind of holding his feet to the fire.''
So it's Stern's fault. And the owners' fault.
Unless you listen to Stern and the owners, who argue that the lockout is the fault of the "not-bargaining-in-good-faith'' players.
Of course, neither side is truly negotiating. But that doesn't stop them from making proclamations. So, Billy, will there be a 2011-12 season?
"If I had to bet on it at this moment, I would probably say no,'' he replied … and again, I'm searching for the logic in the response.
Does it help the sport? The fans? Does it further negotiations? Does it even help his own "constituency,'' the players?
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DONUT 3: A nice visit with Tyson Chandler. And let me say something about TY's talk here: More about the charity work, brother, and less about playing elsewhere than with the Dallas Mavericks. This is the seed that I might grow into a full-fledged project, but for now, consider this:
Instead of millionaire players blabbing about going to Turkey to make $200,000, why doesn't the millionaire player spend his downtime doing valuable work in his U.S. community? Chandler is obviously doing that. ... and since some of you fellas don't intend on grabbing a basketball around here anytime soon, how 'bout you grab a shovel, make a donation, put on a clinic?
Turkey doesn't need you. WE need you.
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DONUT 5: Sam Smith writes a fine piece on Dennis Rodman's unique path to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Still lingering, though, for me, as the Aug. 12 approaches: Is Rodman going in because he was an unusually excellent basketball player or just because he was and is unusual? Does his induction open the door for non-scorers? Or lower the bar for role players?
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DONUT 8: My first reaction to the news from Atlanta, once again: Hmmm, weird that the NBA is a dying business but living businessmen keep buying in ...
My second reaction:
Hey, David Stern, there's about to be a bottleneck in your office: The Atlanta Hawks have been sold and might be an eventual relocation candidate. No, it's not happening now. But it'll be a rumor that won't go away, hanging over the Hawks for three years or more, I bet.
You might want to get to checking things off your "To-Do List,'' there, Chancellor Stern.
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DONUT 10: In case you missed it: I was the Cowboys beat man of record when Deion Sanders came to town. Now that he's in the Hall of Fame, my reflections on "The First Mercenary.''
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DONUT 12: Shawn Marion has blonde hair. Get a haircut like that, you get a free bowl o' soup? Oh, it looks good on you, though, ‘Trix.