It’s a significantly more difficult task to move an object at rest rather than an object in motion. For those of you with hazy memories of sixth-grade science, it’s called inertia.
How does a Newton law of science have anything to do with the NBA lockout? Simple.
For the first time since MJ’s playing days, the league had momentum. Ratings were through the roof, eclipsing the 15.0 mark in Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals.
Casual fans by the millions hopped on the bandwagon, thanks primarily to the hideous Decision.
And the worst part of this lockout? The fact that we’ll never know what could have been.
A ripe chance for NBA legends to add to their already illustrious resumes is erased. Could Dirk and co. shoot their way to another title? Would Kobe receive the support necessary to add a sixth title? Do the Celts have one last run in them?
Rising stars and younger teams will also be denied a shot at their first title.
Who knows if KD and Westbrook could have worked out the kinks on the offensive end to maximize OKC’s boatload of young talent? Could the Bulls break through in a top-heavy East? How would the Clippers fare with their young core centered around Blake Griffin?
And the question that burns in every basketball fan’s mind: How would the Miami Heat respond after their epic collapse?
Unfortunately---barring a miracle---we’ll never know the answer to these questions.
Instead, we’ll be stuck watching our favorite NBA stars migrate across the Atlantic, or play in worthless exhibition games across the U.S.
A plethora of these new fans will likely lose interest without pro ball for an entire year---and that is a shame, considering the perfect storm of elements assembled to generate such interest in the league.
Hollywood-scripted playoffs only roll around every so often and fans were lucky enough to watch the Dallas Mavericks' championship run this year.
Unfortunately though, the players and owners decided to throw this away, negating the strides made by the NBA with their inability to reach an agreement.
Both sides were clearly at fault in this ugly argument.
Owners whined and complained about bloated contracts and a lack or revenue, yet these same owners handed out $20 million to Darko, $118 million to Rashard Lewis and $35 million to Travis Outlaw.
I guess when you can buy that ’05 Miata for $40 grand you gotta do it, right?
On the flip side, the players' lack of societal acknowledgement was exposed like an open wound----Americans (you know, those people who make those first-class flights, expensive hotels, first-class food and multi-million dollar contracts possible?) are facing the worst economic times since the Great Depression.
Maybe, just maybe, some of you guys could take a small pay cut during this difficult time; you can still keep the free perks and live a lavish lifestyle. I know you always dreamed of owning your personal fleet of Benz’s, but trust me, two or three of them will suffice.
Sadly, with the players' de-certification of the union and the owners' resolve in the long haul, fans are in for a long winter, pondering what could’ve been.