Spring 2009 - Issue 5

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NBA Lockout is still in Process

By James Gerber, Chaminade Silversword

For those who don't any what a lockout is, it's plain as simple. The National Basketball Association players want money, no money equals no business and no business equals a lockout. In the NBA, the players don't want to give up what they earned in the last couple of Collective Bargaining Agreement. The NBA owners want the players to take less money this year because most of the teams are losing money for shelling out contracts. 

There was a Lockout back in the 1998-1999 NBA season, which forced the league to only have a grand total of 50 games. This caused because The National Basketball Players Association could not come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement and salary cap. During the 1998 Lockout, Former NBA player Kevin Johnson stated "were just ready to throw down (fight) Wednesday at our meeting if an agreement hadn't been reached." There wasn't a total lockout, but a little lockout.

Is it the players who won't lower their each salary? The players unions have to negotiate a lower salary cap and a reduction in each existing contract. The players won't have a choice but to go along. Starting Point Guard of the Los Angeles Lakers and NBA Players Association President Derek Fisher has been attending each meeting. "It's a tough position to be in," Fisher said. "I think Commissioner Stern and Adam Silver are articulating certain things in the room, expressing their desire to get a deal done, but where their proposal lies makes it hard to believe that.

If the lockout doesn't end before October 2, the chances of Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and other NBA players playing in overseas is high. International basketball leagues overseas are attracted to NBA players. Normally they will offer them a lot of money in just a one-year contract. Leagues will earn a lot of money due to attendance and star attractions. On the other hand, it will consistently make the players conditioned and in playing shape for the 2012-2013 NBA season.