No Ty Lawson, NBA players can’t file for unemployment


The couple times NBA players have made jokes about “looking for work” they have felt the backlash quickly — for most of the United States trying to fight its way out of a deep recession, that’s not funny.

Which brings us to Ty Lawson, the Nuggets point guard who tweeted:

i wonder if i can file for unemployment

Lawson was not actually going to file for unemployment (he tweeted as much later), it was just a joke that fell flat.

But over at the Charlotte Observer (Lawson went to North Carolina) Rick Bonnell wondered: Could an NBA player file for unemployment? He got an answer from Larry Parker, a spokesman for the N.C. Employment Security Commission.

“The answer right now is no, NBA players would not be eligible for benefits, mainly due to fact the NBA season is not in session. There is a reasonable expectation on the players part that they may play once the season begins.”

I’m not so sure it’s reasonable to expect the season to start on time this fall, but I get his point. But no player is going to file for unemployment anyway, unless the players union is looking for ways to ensure they lose the public relations battle around the lockout.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.