NBA Lockout 2011: Consequences of No CBA for Aging Superstars

Zachary StanleyCorrespondent IJune 30, 2011

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Due to the NBA's current troubles manufacturing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league will begin its first lockout since the 1998-99 season at 12:00 am on July 1. 

The lockout puts the league in jeopardy of losing one of it's best seasons. 

With all that has transpired in conjunction with the NFL lockout up to this point, it's not surprising that many sports fans have let the NBA's issues fall to the wayside. 

The reason why the NBA has taken a seat on the back burner behind the NFL is the same reason for its current predicament. 

The NBA is losing money. 

With the NFL being such a successful enterprise, it has been rather astonishing that one of the world's most profitable leagues still cannot secure its future. 

Yet, we are hoping the NBA can? 

The NBA Draft has also had a similar effect on the CBA focus, but the NFL may have us so stuffed up with worries that we can't handle the thought of two of our major sports missing a season, let alone one.

Currently, the NBA is in a time of historic transition. 

For the first time in what seems like decades, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan all bid their seasons adieu extremely early. 

The Lakers, Celtics, and Spurs were each victimized by younger, more athletic teams. 

The Dallas Mavericks, unexpectedly, took the role of the aging team that was not ready to concede to the influx of talented youth that has blessed the game in recent years. 

As the future beckons for the likes of Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, etc., several aging legends of the game are clinging to what little time they have left near the top.

Without playing high-level basketball, the effects of a lost year could become detrimental to the NBA's aging veterans. 

Think of the aforementioned players and some of their teammates. Think of the defending NBA Champions. 

At 38 years of age, how would being 39 going on 40 affect Jason Kidd? 

On a slightly less competitive plane, what about a year and a half off for Steve Nash? 

As much as any other time in the history of the league, some of the best players in NBA history are on a ticking clock. 

With the hard cap still a major issue in regards to the resolution of the league's problems, it's hard to believe that the negotiations will be resolved any time soon soon. 

As a Celtics fan, it's hard to think about losing an entire year.

A year means an older Garnett, an older Paul Pierce, and an older Ray Allen (as if there weren't already enough problems). 

Still, I am not alone.

For fans of the Spurs and Lakers, another year means an older Kobe, an older Duncan, and, let's be honest, an older Manu Ginobili (ESPN 30 for 30: Ginobiliography: Life Beyond the Bald Spot). 

An entire Mavericks team that had just the right amount of defensive intensity to combat the athletic Heat may suffer gravely from a year without heavily competitive basketball. 

It's comforting to know that the new wave of superstars will be great ambassadors for the game, but for me, at 24 years of age, I will be sad to see the players I watched growing up lose a significant amount of time off of what is already a ticking clock.