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Tuesday would have been the first payday of the first payday of the year for NBA players — as of today they are missing paychecks. How much money are we talking? CNBC’s Darren Rovell breaks it out for some of the big names and yes, Kobe Bryant just missed a more than $1 million payday. But of course, that’s before taxes, after taxes it’s barely enough to live on (*cough*).
Some owners thought going into this that if the players missed a paycheck or two the owners leverage would skyrocket. Instead, the players have dissolved the union as its negotiator and filed antitrust lawsuits against the owners. They are fighting back.
Which may well doom the season.
From the department of redundancy department, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports brings us the news that the NBA informed teams this afternoon that games through Dec. 15 have officially been canceled.
After the disastrous events of Monday — you know, where the union for the players decided they’d rather choose decertification and what will likely be a lengthy battle in the courts over continuing the collective bargaining process with an ownership group that refused to budge further after already receiving a mountain of concessions — the need to notify teams of the cancellation of more games didn’t exactly seem to be there.
Commissioner David Stern has said on multiple occasions that the league will need at least 30 days from the time an agreement is reached to start a season, and he said Monday after the union’s decision that the NBA is entering its “nuclear winter.” No one thought that games on or before Dec. 15 were anywhere close to being played, and no one was looking at the schedule saying, “Well, maybe, if …”
The announcement to teams was pointless; it was already known that no games would be played in the next 30 days, or likely, at any time in the foreseeable future. No word yet if the NBA is also planning to inform teams of the color of the sky or the dampness of water, but if and when they do, we’ll be sure to pass it along.
What have you done with your lockout vacation? Fly around the nation playing in every pro/am or celebrity game you could find? Travel through Asia selling shoes and playing in exhibition games? Attend a lot of meetings in New York that went nowhere?
Baron Davis has you all beat.
One of the NBA’s leading hipsters is putting together a documentary on the decline of fashion in America. No, I’m not kidding. The Wall Street Journal talked to him about it (via SLAM).
Mr. Davis has spent much of his time during the NBA’s lockout developing a documentary about the decline of style in the U.S….
The documentary, “American Schlub,” is in pre-production. It takes aim at the poor sartorial standards of the American male, says Mr. Davis, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. “We used to be fashion forward,” he laments. Now, “We’re more of a sweats and Ugg boots type of society,” he says. “We wanted to challenge men, from that perspective.”
He may have a point (I write while sitting here in sweat pants). Not sure I’m going to watch this movie, or ever dress like Baron (seen at a players meeting this summer in his fashionable lumberjack look), but he may well be right.