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The Warriors and The Lockout

Posted By Chris Mosca On Jul 1 2011 @ 11:58 am In Golden State Warriors | 4 Comments

The NBA entered a lockout on Friday, July 1st at 12:01am that may last two weeks, two months, or even an entire season.  The lockout in 1998 lasted 204 days, reduced the season to 50 games, shortened training camp, yielded a few out of shape [1] players, and endured a playoff season that didn’t end until June 25th.  This Mexican standoff will last much longer than 30 seconds and 10 paces with an enormous financial gap separating both sides.  The NBPA and team owners are hoping to reconvene in a couple of weeks to continue talks towards a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

Following the final meeting Thursday, David Stern described the gap between the union and the owners as a “philosophical divide”.  The divide, qualitative or quantitative, is also recognized by Players’ Union President Billy Hunter stating, “I’m hoping that over the next month or so that there will be sort of a softening on their side and maybe we have to soften our position as well”. 

The lockout will have a snowball effect with the cancellation of summer league serving as the onset.  It’s fair to say that each team will suffer in their own unique way(s) as the snowball builds under the hot summer sun.  The Golden State Warriors stand to endure a philosophical divide with three rookies, new ownership making promises [2], and first time NBA coach, Mark Jackson.         

As of the aforementioned date and time, players are locked out of team facilities, are forbidden contact with team employees, free-agency is closed, and anything else basketball related has come to a screeching halt.  Absent the offseason workouts, there’s no telling what the Warriors lineup is going to look like when/if they tip off early November.  The Warriors new owners, Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber, have been barraged with questions about trade rumors swirling around their talented Monta Ellis. 

First and foremost, Klay Thompson is not a replacement as Lacob describes Monta as “special”.  One thing for sure is that Klay possesses the size that the Warriors have seemingly lacked, especially since Stephen Curry and Monta teamed up in 2009.  The exciting guard play does not trump an under .500 record (36-46 last season).  Having said that, the franchise has at least a couple of weeks to sleep on their thoughts keeping this [3] as their mantra and hoping that the labor talks begin to yield positive reports.

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[1] out of shape: http://www.nytimes.com/1999/02/07/sports/pro-basketball-some-scales-tipping-over-as-nba-season-tips-off.html?ref=shawnkemp

[2] promises: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Warriors-draft-a-contract-of-promises-for-their-?urn=nba-wp3760

[3] this: http://www.noisebot.com/theres_always_money_in_the_banana_stand_t-shirt.htm

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