As everyone now knows, the National Basketball Players Association rejected the owners' last offer and plans to decertify. Does this mean the season is lost? Or will the two sides strike a deal and stop the madness?
To fans, it seems like both sides are being impractical and greedy. But is that really the case? Or do we just desperately want an NBA season to start?
As an adamant fan of the NBA, I want this mess to end and games to start. But realistically, it's easy for us on the sidelines to say that, since we aren't the ones negotiating. Everyone knows there is a business side to sports, and events like the NBA lockout put that on public display.
Sure, it's tough to witness the league implode after such a successful season, but what choice do we have? What's done is done. All we can do is hope the sides resolve their issues.
One thing fans everywhere, myself included, have been doing is debating over which side is to blame for how far the lockout has gone so far. But who are we to question the decisions the players and owners have made?
Sure, I think the players get paid too much, but does that mean they can't fight to maintain their pay? Of course it doesn't. I also think the owners are being much too hard-lined with their stance, but it's completely in their rights to want a better deal for themselves. Both sides have valid points, but a deal can not get done until both sides agree.
Until we put ourselves in their shoes, we will continue to be angry about the lack of NBA basketball.
So don't go around blaming one side or the other, because we aren't in the meetings and talks, and they are. Have your personal opinions and such, but at least realize the lockout is happening because both sides believe something better can be achieved.