Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
Yet there are signs – even hopeful signs – that things are about to get serious. That doesn’t mean solved. The lockout has really only just begun and we are coming to the time when the days finally begin to mean something. Training camps are less than a month away and soon the players will start to miss paychecks, while owners will start to lose gate receipts. This is when everyone waits for someone to blink and the staredown is in full effect.
But they are talking. The two sides met last week and they did so again on Wednesday with a plan to meet Thursday and possibly Friday.
Well it's about damn time. Although we all knew it would take a deadline to get these guys to start talking. I mean… who among us have ever written a paper in school a month before it was due? I distinctly remember (ok, sort of remember… it's been a while) waiting until about 2 or 3 days before it was due to even start researching it. Then I'd pull out the ol' Brother word processor (see, told you it was a while ago) and start typing away.
These negotiations are no different. And if we weren't bombarded with horrible stories and doomsday quotes all summer long, we might have been able to dismiss a lot of what has happened as simple negotiation ploys. But we've had our heads filled with the "THERE WON'T BE A SEASON" talk for so long, we all started to believe it.
But there's too much money at stake, and the league is at too critical a juncture to blow it all. Die hard fans have been put-off by the stagnant summer, but casual fans don't realize basketball is gone yet. And they won't for another month until basketball doesn't show up when it's supposed to.
So there is time. And talking to each other three days in a row is a good step. Now we'll just have to see if these good steps actually mean anything.