The lockout's a-comin'
SLAM: It’s been a good couple years in Boston for you. Now your contract runs out soon. What are you thinking?
KP: Well, I’d love to be a Celtic for life, honestly. But, I know this is a business. So we’re gonna see how this year works out and just go from there. But I wouldn’t want to leave Boston; I love my situation. But we just gotta see and go from there, play this year out.
SLAM: I’m gonna see you on ESPN next summer, “I’ll be taking my talents to…”
KP: Nah, I don’t know man. (Laughs). You know that lockout’s coming. There’s gonna be a lockout.
SLAM: Yeah. Are the players nervous about that?
KP: I’m not nervous. I think the players are willing to all go in and fight. I don’t know, man. It’s gonna be a lockout. It could get crazy.
SLAM: You think the guys have the money put away that they need to have put away, though?
KP: I mean, I can’t count everybody’s pockets but I could just speak for myself.
There's a lot of time between now and then. But Perk's right, it could get crazy. Owners are going to cry poor the summer after dishing out some crazy contracts. And players are going to look at those deals and think someone's holding out on them.
From the outside, it looks bad. It looks bad when you look at the arguments being made and it looks bad when the players acknowledge they're digging in for a fight. A lot of things can happen before the CBA runs out… and a lot of things NEED to happen to avoid missing at least some part of the 2011-2012 season.
Here's hoping those things DO happen.