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Monday, July 4, 2011

The NBA Lockout

The NBA players are on strike and it looks like we will have a possible shortened NBA season coming up for 2011-12. Its bad news for those who only follow or watch one sport (only watch basketball) and certainly, bad news for those who only watch NBA basketball.


Anyway, the lockout means the players and the team owners are not on the same page and that any NBA events from pre-season summer league to whatever promotional things they do will not happen. The good thing about it, of course, is that the players will be available for basketball tours such a Nike-sponsored tours of individual players or group of players. The rumoured series between Smart Gilas Pilipinas and an NBA Selection now becomes probable rather than possible.

Fittingly, NBA lockouts can also be seen as sort of an “end of an era” thing. When the great Michael Jordan retired in 1998, the lockout followed in July and the 1998-99 season did not start until February 1999. This year, few weeks from Shaquille O'Neal's retirement, the lockout happened.

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