The NBA lockout is a travesty of an event, and should the season actually be canceled, everyone affected is worse off for having been involved.
For the most part.
While the lockout is in no way good for fans and analysts, there are some players who stand to benefit from a season off, or at least don't stand to suffer any.
A whole year without NBA pay could be devastating, yet also prove worth it for some players in the long run. Such benefits are not so strong that players are likely to keep their fingers crossed in hopes of a canceled season, but they will benefit nonetheless.
The lockout is in no way comforting to the many fans who crave competitive basketball, but there are players who will take solace in knowing their situation hasn't worsened, and might even have improved, as a result of a missed season.