NBA is back!
Finally! NBA is back with a short season, but is back.
After a secret meeting earlier last week, the sides met for more than 15 hours Friday, working to try to save the season. The league and the players association are still negotiating secondary issues and the players union still needs to reform and put the new CBA to a vote among union members.The NBA will begin a 66-game season with a triple-header on December 25. Training camps are tentatively set to open December 9.The players are widely-viewed as having given up significantly more than the owners during these negotiations. Their share of basketball related income will go from 57 percent, under the old CBA, to 49-51 percent. The players also compromised on several significant “system issues,” which will affect player movement via free agency.
The owners apparently landed some concessions to shorten the length of certain player exception deals. That may be bad for individual players, but it is great for fans and most of the NBA. How many times have fans seen their teams sign a one-year wonder to a long-term deal only to see the player get injured or prove to be unable to compete in the new team’s system?Any new rules that shorten those deals make the implications of a bad signing much more easy to manage and by reducing the length of those deals, will probably make ending deals a little less valuable in the future. It is a good thing if there are fewer borderline all-stars traded for ending contracts. The shortening of the deals and the better financial implications suggest this kind of trade may be a lot less common now.
The NBA is still just as great as ever, now that they have proven they’re willing to bury the hatchet for the good of the game. But all the energy we usually spend getting excited for a new season? Burned that off a long time ago. It’s just not the same as starting on schedule, full of anticipation and jumping at the chance to get a look at second-round picks who might amount to something. Then again, maybe we aren’t getting a full season, but for those of us who really felt we almost lost the season, we’ll take whatever we can get. We already have a few NBA predictions, but more to come in the next days !