While more players continue to scatter all over the world, the NBA nation must sit back and watch as the 2011-2012 NBA season dwindles into obscurity. The preseason has officially been cancelled, and after a meeting Friday where Dwayne Wade stormed out while having a verbal confrontation with David Stern, it is apparent that negotiations are breaking down. We are into day 93 of the lockout, a continuously brewing nightmare for fans.
But there is hope. After all, the 1998-1999 lockout lasted 204 days from July 1, 1998 to January 20, 1999, and forced the season to be shortened to 50 games per team. Spurs fans remember it well as the team caught fire on the path to their first championship in franchise history. A season famously labeled by Phil Jackson with an asterisk due to length of the season. Fortunately for the Spurs, it counts in the history books just the same and the trophy is in it’s case shining as brightly as the rest. So the lockout that year was somewhat of a blessing. Come to think of it a half-season could be just what the doctor ordered for San Antonio. Coming off a brilliant regular season last year the Spurs are another year older and it was obvious that the injuries increased near playoff time. The Memphis Grizzlies revealed a lack of fresh legs in the Spurs and specifically Tim Duncan who had career lows in many stats. A shortened season would take the pressure off the knees of the Spurs players and the minds of Spurs fans, alas no true sports fan can whole heartedly wish for such a thing.
For the moment, we dwell in our basketball jones while the two sides remain far apart on many issues. Luckily players and owners are willing to continue bargaining and more meetings will ensue. Players will continue to join leagues overseas, play in pick-up games, and hone their skills until an agreement is reached. The only thing we can do as fans is wait, pray for a miracle, and thank the sports gods for NFL sunday.