Boston Celtics: Positive Aspects of the Lockout Lie with Youth
I know, it's not easy.
I had been preaching for months that the NFL would easily fend of missed time to develop a new collective bargaining agreement, but that the odds of the NBA playing a full season were extremely slim.
The announcement of the impending certification of the NFL CBA brought half of my prediction to fruition, and, like a great deal of fans, gave me the ability to push basketball realities out of my mind; soaking up thoughts of mid-September barbecues and marvelously unhealthy Sunday afternoons.
The lockout will undoubtedly hurt the aging teams the most.
Besides possibly returning to the game out of shape, teams like the Celtics, Mavericks, Lakers and Spurs will each have several players trying to overcome the rapidly ticking clock that eventually catches up to all professional athletes (slightly slower for the golfers).
I wrote about this depressing situation in an article titled NBA Lockout 2011: Consequences of No CBA fore Aging Superstars.
For the Celtics, an entire year away from the game is not likely to have a favorable effect on Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen or Jermaine O'Neal.
Focusing on how the NBA could lose one of the rare seasons in which the future of the league is, with great resistance, handed over to the next generation of players—a year in which the veterans inevitably battle the league's youth to prove savvy experience can overcome athleticism (think Shaq vs. Hakeem Olajuwon).
Naturally, as time benefits the youth, so will the lockout.
According to Sportando, E'Twaun Moore, the Celtics' 2011 second-round pick, has elected to sign with Benetton Treviso of the Italian Serie A League. Moore is set to make around $200,000 if there is no NBA season.
In minimal playing time, Celtics guard Avery Bradley proved that he had a great deal of growing to do.
Despite being an excellent defender, Bradley is missing the rounded offensive skill-set to get reasonable playing time at the top level.
According to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, Bradley's agent is exploring options for the second-year player to venture overseas during the lockout.
First-round pick JaJuan Johnson has also been mentioned as a possible overseas player, but concrete suitors have yet to surface.
The benefits that playing overseas could provide for young NBA players cannot be overstated.
Taking advantage of such an opportunity would give Moore, Bradley and Johnson more playing time in a challenging environment-allowing the three players a unique and invaluable experience against a varied style of play.
If negotiations fail to progress, the Celtics will be hit as hard as any team in the league.
Counteracting the impending damage is essentially impossible, but encouraging the young players to lock something up in Europe would definitely be a start.
If you have the type of obsessive NBA fixation that I have, you'll track the progress of your favorite players as they attempt to up their game in another country.
The question is: What do you think of your team's out of college players if they are choosing not to broaden their talents overseas?
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