DONUT 1: Let's say there's not an NBA season. Would that mean the next thing we gear up for is the 2012 NBA Draft? Let's mock it up and go get Kansas' 6-8, 240-pound Thomas Robinson!
DONUT 2: Hoopsworld offers up a couple of nuggets from "league sources'' that seem a bit undercooked to me. Or maybe I'm just being a Pollyanna.
*The site says September 15th is "pegged'' as the last possible date to reach a deal before training camps and preseason games are likely scrubbed. I'm not sure I see the sense of that. It seems an articifial deadline, something one side would say to pressure the other side. Remember, in negotiations, the only deadline is the actually deadline.
*Hoopsworld writes, "Sources have also said that if even one Pre-season game is lost, the economic impact would be the same as if all the preseason games are lost. It would be a trigger point in which league advertisers and sponsors could and would start pulling back and season ticketholders would likely start asking for refunds.''
I'm not sure that's at all locked in, either. My knowledge of many sponsorship deals with some clubs is that there have already been dollars-and-cents arrangements made depending on what was to happen in the event of a labor dispute. And "ticketholders asking for refunds''? There's not a blanket statement to be made there. I personally know people who have already pulled out of their Mavs tickets. I personally know others who are waiting out the storm.
Basketball Doomsday might be coming. But it's premature, I think, to issue factual statements about the doomsday impact. (Just in case, though ... let's mock draft!)
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DONUT 8: Texans running back Arian Foster, tweeting on his injury and his Fantasy Football popularity:
4 those sincerely concerned, I'm doing ok & plan 2 B back by opening day. 4 those worried abt your fantasy team, u ppl are sick
I get his indignation; it obviously came in an understandable "I'm-not-just-a-piece-of-meat'' moment. But Foster is wrong, in the sense that his importance -- not to Houston, but to the world -- is very much about Fantasy. If not for that facet of NFL-watching, Foster's career would be happening in a vacuum.
If I'm Foster, I'm bouncing back on Twitter with a hug for all my "owners.'' If Fantasy Football is now almost as big as football itself, why not embrace it?
DONUT 9: Wilson Chandler of the Nuggets is going to China and staying there, with no "out'' in his deal in the event the NBA starts up. And his reasoning (or, his agent's reasoning) is worth analysis.
Agent Chris Luchey, quoted in the Denver Post, says, "Trust me, we discussed all of the risks and how being a trendsetter can be seen as a positive or a negative ...''
The story notes that Chandler "will make between $1.7 million and the $3.1 million qualifying offer the Nuggets made.'' I take that to mean he'll make closer to $1.7 mil, don't you? The story also notes "He will play for coach Jim Cleamons, a longtime Phil Jackson assistant for the Bulls and Lakers.''
So the money isn't massive. The claim of an attraction to playing for Clem is dubious (no offense to the ex-Mavs coach). And the notion that Chandler is a "trendsetter'' is ... well, it's completely bogus.
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