Friday Mavs Donuts: On That 'Secret' Meeting
DONUT 1: We will start and end today with some hopeful lockout news.
The NBA and the Players Association will resume negotiations on Saturday in New York. Word is that the session (sessions?) will be widely attended by reps from both sides. The high theater of yesterday (noted below) might just be put aside, along with the bellowing of hard-liners from both sides.
And here's my thought: If you want a feel-good Opening Day, a day during which bitter attitudes from owners, players, media and fans are least likely to be present ... you get yourself an agreement in time to start the NBA on Christmas Day.
DONUT 2: So some of the union fellas are working behind the scenes to consider decertification, eh?
From a Mavs perspective, I'm interested in the report that Jason Kidd is involved in that movement. From an overall lockout perspective, I'm interested in what this movement says about "solidarity.''
Once again: Nov. 15. Dec. 1. A pair of paydays missed ... at which point in these situations it often becomes every man for himself. Every man with mortgage payments to make, anyway.
Bravado fades when you can't pay your bills.
DONUT 3: Oh, and a brilliant tweet from one of the DB.com gang regarding the "clandestine'' nature of the players' meetings, which notes that it was so secretive that reporters on the lockout beat have the names of the players involved and direct quotes from what was said on the conference call.
DONUT 4: If college athletics attempts to end cheating by paying its players (something being proposed at Sports Illustrated and elsewhere), something "fair'' will be accomplished: The players upon whose backs that billion-dollar industry is built will have something more to show for it than college credit.
But will we avoid cheating by paying college players $X? That's nonsense. The cheating schools will simply pay college players $XX. And the cheating will go on.
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DONUT 6: Did we create a way for you to dress like a champion! YES. WE. DID.
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DONUT 8: It was Texas Legends draft night in Frisco and among the highlights: After guard Jamaal Tinsley was the first players selected by the LA D-Fenders, Texas made its pick, after trading up, and grabbed Alando Tucker.
The NBA D-League begins play in late November, with the Legends' home games at Frisco's Dr Pepper Center.
DONUT 9: Why did the Miami Heat lose in the NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks?
Because of the haters.
What Wade said in a radio interview with Coach K that Miami "played off hatred" ... that "we wanted to win to spite people" ... and that "I believe that's the reason we didn't win a championship."
Are we all interpreting this correctly? That the "haters'' defeated the Heat?
I'm going to let this sink in for a day before blasting the whining Wade for being an Alibi Ike. And THEN I'll blast him.
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DONUT 11: Cuban vs. Perot is over (maybe) as a judge orders Ross to go back to his own sofa cushions for money.
DONUT 12: Our man David Lord sees the "decertification'' talk in the same light he sees Stern's "I'll take 50-50 off the table'' talk.
Maybe, Lord says, it's just negotiating.
Interpreting Stern's thoughts: Some of my owners may force me to remove that 50-50 offer, if you don't hurry and grab it. If you're a player on the fence, force your leaders to say yes, before it's too late!
Interpreting the players' response: We talked to an attorney and to each other. We might decertify and blow up the league in a storm of lawsuits, if you don't hurry up and give us what we want!
From Lord: "The danger is if one side or the other buys into its own bravado. Of if ego gets in the way of compromise. But a deal is all but done, merely needing the last compromise, and not a very big one. Too close, I say, for either side to win in any way by blowing things up.''
My take? David Lord's coverage of the lockout for DB.com has been insightful and always driven by logic. ... but our "logical'' coverage'' hasn't always been matched by the principles' logical actions.