We passed along last week — as the one silver lining out of the union meetings that took place — that the union would try to set up a bargaining session with the league next week.
Turns out, doesn’t look that will happen.
The report comes from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com (part of his look at how the players and their agents are blowing the PR game):
Despite the desire of union officials to arrange a bargaining session next week in New York, a person connected to the process told CBSSports.com on Friday that such a meeting is unlikely. That means the calendar will most likely flip to September before the two sides reconvene for only the second time since the lockout was imposed on July 1.
Right now, the two sides are shockingly far apart on the core issue of how to both split up and even define “basketball related income” (the players want to keep the current system where it is closer to the gross, the owners want to make it more net with some expenses removed).
So in a sense, just meeting to talk about how far apart they are doesn’t get much done. But until they start sitting down — with the pressure of lost games on them — there is no chance of any progress. And right now I’ll take any progress.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.