So this can’t be good.
The NBA players union has rejected the owners most recent offer on a new collective bargaining agreement and have decided to which means the entire 2011-2012 NBA season, let alone the San Antonio Spurs season, is in doubt.
The NBPA has now become a voluntary trade association, which is the same tactic the NFLPA applied when it decertified. Within days, antitrust lawsuits will be filed against the NBA. And while this does not mean a full season is lost, it certainly makes it the most likely scenario. Basically, the only way the season is saved now is if owners relent on the sticking points of their now-rejected proposal in the face of a full lost season.
So what now for the Spurs?
Aside from the obvious games potentially lost, Tiago Splitter might lean more towards signing with Unicaja Malaga, Tony Parker will still be running the court for ASVEL, and Manu Ginobili might now look towards playing overseas as he has stated he would wait until November to see what the status of the labor impasse. And with this news, chances are he might consider making the move now.
Kawhi Leonard and Cory Joseph will have their NBA debuts delayed, and Spurs fans will miss out on one of the few remaining NBA seasons Tim Duncan has left in black and silver. Not to mention the impact on local San Antonio businesses, and more importantly, the fans.
As said before, this doesn’t mean the season is completely lost. But it sure is making the possibility more of a reality.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? What was your reaction to this news and will you go back and spend your hard-earned money on the Spurs and the NBA once this ever gets settled?