This should be one of the hottest tickets to buy in all of sports—actually, make that all of entertainment for that matter—and yet here we are, a couple of months away, and I am willing to bet very few people have rushed over to the box office.
Why? Well, can even the most optimistic of us still believe this season is going to come on time?
I could handle the NBA lockout in June. I had just gotten through with the best NBA Finals, NBA playoffs and regular season in recent memory. Call me naive, but I just assumed everything would be worked out in the same way that I knew the NFL eventually would be.
July came and the normally-scheduled free agency frenzy was put on hold. But I was still okay and feeling positive. I mean, this wasn't the 2010 offseason with the landscape of the league dramatically shifting at each word leaked from LeBron James' mouth. Nor was it the 2012 offseason that could include Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Deron Williams.
Don't get me wrong, there are still some good pieces in the 2011 free agent list, but I'm not going to wake up in the middle of the night to Google Nene Hilario rumors.
Then came August. Yes, the news of the NFL finally settling their differences and putting together a deal should have seemed like a boost to me and the rest of the NBA fans. But it's an entirely different scenario.
The NFL took months to figure it all out and they actually make money. How long is it going to take for the NBA, who is not nearly as financially secure, to come up with a deal that works?
I have hit my tipping point with the NBA lockout. How many more "so-and-so player has said he wouldn't mind playing overseas" stories are they going to release to us before we all snap and say that this is not actual news!
Today on Yahoo! the main stories in the NBA section are Kevin Durant scoring 44 points in D.C's Goodman League, Tim Hardaway now becoming a supporter of gay rights (yes, the same Tim Hardaway) and Chase Budinger resuming his volleyball career during the lockout. Geez, I don't know which of these stories I should click on first.
I am one Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian wedding photo showing up on Sportscenter away from losing it.
I can't take any more baseball highlights, and this whole Merril Hoge vs. Tim Tebow battle has to be in the top five for most overdrawn, unexciting, non-story of any offseason ever. When ESPN started covering LeBron James's pro-Tebow tweets, I honestly considered giving up viewing sports all together.
So what do I, a mere fan, have to offer to the NBA labor dispute?
Admittedly, I don't understand the economics as well as the people fighting it out behind closed doors. But I do have a few humble suggestions for how to speed this process up. Over the next couple hours, days, weeks, I will be posting updates and suggestions on the NBA lockout in this very chain.
Hopefully, we can talk about an actual NBA season again sometime soon...