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NBA Lockout: Should Fans Even Care Anymore After Latest Player Rejection?

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14:  Derek Fisher, President of the National Basketball Players Association speaks at a press conference after National Basketball Players Association  met to discuss the current CBA offer at Westin Times Square on November 14, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Eric JohnsonCorrespondent IIINovember 14, 2011

Sigh...

Well, after the latest offer to end the NBA lockout (which has been dragged out forever) has been sent back, should we, the fans, give up hope?

Speak for yourself, but I'm still holding on to my hopes of seeing some NBA basketball this season.

Sure, we are in the midst of an exciting and unpredictable NFL season, with college basketball just gearing up, but the winter will not be the same without some NBA action.

We have many storylines going on right now besides the lockout itself, but unfortunately, we are left without a conclusion until this is settled. That being said, I don't see the dreadful lockout lasting much longer, as it seems players are cracking.

With many players jumping off the NBA Players Union, what does this really say about what's going to happen in the short run?

Players aren't happy with the reps, and many just want to continue to play the game they love. While money is an issue between players and owners, we, the fans, shouldn't care about what they make.

Instead, let's just hope for a quick ending to such a treacherous moment in the great sport's history and continue with some NBA basketball.

I always stand by the old logic of "It doesn't matter where it comes from, as long as you enjoy it."

Of course, there are exceptions, but not with professional sports.

Go ahead and say they are "whiners" and "greedy" because that's understandable. At the same time, realize that players and owners must settle this before we see any basketball.

So should fans give up hope and stop caring about NBA basketball?

Not at all.

It's still one of the greatest sports in the world and keeps fans tuning in each year. Don't worry about what players make and their personal morals; instead, worry about enjoying the elite action that we are used to every year.

As a fan and writer, I can't wait to see the NBA players and owners come to an agreement. You should feel the same way and not give up hope just yet.

It's a crazy thought to think players would pass up millions of dollars for just one season filled with negotiations. Where is the profit margin in that in the long run?

Expect a shortened season once it gets underway, but hey, at least it's something right?

The truth is, we shouldn't care about the negotiations. If they want to fight over the big picture, that's up to them. As fans, we should just hope for this greedy situation to end so we can get back to watching the sport many of us can't function without.

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