This Won’t Happen But it’s Fun to Think About: An unlikely end to the NBA Lockout

As the NBA lockout, or should I say the 2011 NBA lockout enters its 22nd day, a fun scenario occurred to me.  What if the two worst NBA owners banded together to end the lockout?  It’s plausible, but highly unlikely.

One of the worst owners is the New York Knicks James Dolan, who stood by passively and let Isiah Thomas ruin one of the league’s best brands, then took a sexual harassment lawsuit to court.  He just ran Donnie Walsh out of the front office after Walsh put the team in the playoffs for the first time in seven years.   The other is Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and a man so capricious that it’s rare for a former employee to get the money due them without a lawsuit.

Yet, no two NBA owners stand to profit more from a resumption of play.  The Knicks have two of the 10 best known NBA players and rejoined the playoff conversation last year.  The brand is at its best level in a decade.  The Knicks have much to lose if a protracted labor dispute diminishes the upcoming season.

The Clippers have the league’s most scintillating new player, Rookie of the Year power forward Blake Griffin.  In addition to Griffin, they have an emerging core of players that could challenge for a playoff spot soon.

The current Labor Committee is slanted toward newer owners and small market NBA teams.  They have vastly different axes to grind than veteran owners in larger markets. If Dolan and Sterling were smart, they’d get more involved and soften the owner’s stance to get a deal done.  They each stand to make tens of millions from a 2011-12 season.

Of course it won’t happen, the caveat is if they were smart….


About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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