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Who cares about NBA stoppage?

November 20, 2011
The Mining Journal

NBA players have now gone to court to force owners to strike a collective bargaining agreement neither side has been willing to broker after months of negotiating.

It's greedy millionaires vs. greedy billionaires fighting over money and control of the NBA landscape.

The league's schedule has already been pushed back to Dec. 15 and there's no guarantee - and little chance - it'll get under way by then.

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The question is: does anyone care?

Is anyone worried the NBA might go through a "nuclear winter," as commissioner David Stern has said? Or do most simply shrug their shoulders with a "who cares?" attitude.

Count me among the latter.

In my household, my two sons and I don't really care. The NBA players and owners have forced the postponement - and perhaps cancellation - of the league season.

My youngest teenager admits it might be different if the Detroit Pistons were as good now as they were a few years ago when they made it deep into the NBA playoffs every year.

Then, he might be upset with the NBA shut down and miss Piston games not being played.

But since the Pistons are in a rebuilding stage and may be at least a season or two from being playoff contenders again, he cares little for the state of the NBA right now.

There are currently a lot of teams and pro sports to follow. College football, pro football, the NHL and - most importantly, considering the NBA mess - college basketball - are all in full swing.

Not to mention all the high school and Northern Michigan University teams to keep up with.

There's certainly enough to follow in the world of sports.

Besides, the NBA has gotten stagnant and somewhat predictable the last few years. There's no denying the skills of such players as Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki and Jalen Rose are impressive and interesting to watch.

Sometimes, it's hard to believe they're so good.

But it's also boring to see so many NBA offensive plays consist of one of these stars running an isolation play. That's when their teammates clear out a big space on the floor and the offensive player goes one-on-one with a defender.

There's little movement and little passing, not like in college ball, where there's plenty of both.

To me, college basketball is unpredictable and more exciting, especially when two ranked teams clash.

If the NBA season is canceled altogether due to the labor strife, there will be plenty of playoff/tournament action come next March and April in many sports to take up the slack.

Pro baseball will also be getting under way, so Tigers' and Brewers' fans will have plenty to watch.

If the NBA season can be salvaged in some form, that's OK. But if it's canceled, that's OK, too.

That's because, hopefully, the Detroit Red Wings will be playing deep into May or June. That's more than enough to keep me occupied and take care of my sports "fix."

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is



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