A big day and a return of something special
So now the agents are fully in the fray as the NBA lockout reaches its most critical day yet and all I can say to that is:
If you’ve read all the stuff from yesterday – there’s a good recap here – a handful of high-powered agents are insinuating themselves into the lockout by suggesting players reject any deal that calls for any reduction in the percentage of basketball related income they get (it’s at 57 per cent now, owners originally proposed 46 and I think a 50-50 split might get it done) and the agents are still calling for decertification of the union and the wretched legal battle that will bring on.
I think they should go away.
I think the players are fully capable of making a decision for themselves – and there will be a full vote on whatever deal the negotiating teams come up with – and if there is a more transparent conflict of interest with agents to stand to make all their money off whatever new contracts their clients sign, I can’t think of what it is.
And for a guy who generally sided with the players in this dispute because they are giving back and giving back and seemingly getting nothing in return, it’s kind of distasteful to think they’d not be able to come to their own conclusions on what, or what doesn’t, constitute a deal they live with.
I’ve long thought that basketball agents have held far too much sway in the way the game is operated, either through engineering trades for their clients with complicit general managers or complaining behind the scenes about how their clients are being used by any specific coach/team/organization.
I understand that they can be used as resources, to give advice, help with contract negotiations and things like that, but at the same time, that should only be when they’re asked by players, not as a pre-emptive strike like this seems to be.
I can only imagine how Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher feel, being so undermined by men whose primary interest is making money off their clients.
Could be a wild day in New York today and I have a feeling we’ll know by this evening what the prognosis is for the rest of the exhibition games and the planned start of the season.
Yes, we are in uncharted territory here.
And there would appear to be more to come.
So, I’m watching the ball game last night and one thing come quickly to mind:
Yes, I know baseball players – some of them, at least – are far from svelte or athletic or in anything remotely close to top physical condition but, my Lord.
That’s a caboose that more shelf than anything else and the size of his legs is, well, quite something.
Anyway, I guess it proves that girth and bulk count for something the game because he’s been good for a very long time.
That’s a large fellow and I’m wondering if his late-season swoon – his numbers in the last five or six weeks are quite pedestrian – doesn’t have something to do with his physical condition.
One of the all-time great “sing at the top of your lungs while driving” songs and it’s been 31 41 (you know me and math) years since Janis Joplin died.
Just our usual musical interlude.
I’m guessing my Yankees-Tampa ALCS is close to dead, isn’t it?
And what’s going on in the baseball playoffs hammers home one point we’ve made here often:
Home field advantage in baseball counts less than in any other sport, I think.
Probably has to do with how much pitching controls the post-season and good pitching travels anywhere so we’ve seen in the Tampa series, the first two games of the Yankees-Tigers series and in the Phillies-Cards thing that home field doesn’t mean an awful lot.
If I had to rank the major pro sports and the impact that playing home has, it’d probably go this way:
Maybe it’s the rims, maybe it’s the momentum a team gets from the crowd, maybe it’s something entirely different but there probably isn’t any question that it’s the most pronounced advantage of the major North American pro sports.
It’s probably got as much to do with weather – or the lack of weather for teams built to play in domes – but home teams do seem to have a bit of an edge, don’t they?
I guess it’s the standard size of the playing surface, and the fact in-game momentum or “runs” don’t play as big a part in the outcome as they do in, say, the basketball but it strikes me that a lot of road hockey teams win.
Pitching. Pitching. Pitching.
Now, it might be a bit different for games that go extra innings but that’s not all that a common occurrence.
Pucks start Thursday here and for some reason known only to the Tall Foreheads who plan these things, they’re conscripting me to be part of some IGBT.
Just wanted to let you know so you can plan your week, it out to be a hoot.
Okay, off the Mother Ship to see what other fun things we can change around here.