Is today the day?
Reports say NBA commissioner David Stern is getting ready to make some pretty serious threats about the current lockout situation facing the league. According to ESPN, Stern is about to tell the players that if progress isn’t made this weekend, he’ll go ahead and cancel the 2011-12 season.
Whether or not the players see it as a scare tactic or as a legitimate threat, they’re smart enough to know that a cancellation is coming eventually unless they manage to work out a deal. They are also smart enough to know that it hurts the owners too, and that when a deal is reached, what’s left of the season will be un-cancelled.
Still, to hear that type of chatter has got to be quite a wake up call for both sides! They’ve already put off training camp and cancelled a bunch of preseason games – obviously the regular season is next.
You know who probably doesn’t care too much about missing the first bit of the season? Kobe Bryant!
He says it’s “very possible” that he’ll be putting pen to paper on an incredibly generous offer from a team in Italy, which is where he spent part of his childhood. Virtus Bologna, which sounds like the scientific word for cold cuts that have gone bad, is apparently offering Bryant $2.5-million to play ten games between October 9th and November 16th. Not bad, eh? (After the Jump: World Record soccer goal, plus the craziest sports fan story you’ll hear this week!) (more…)