I tried to keep detached from the daily rhetoric and rumormongoring of the NBA Lockout. I didn't want to hang on every politicized word and every scrap of leaked information. But here I am, reading every report and hyper analyzing each rumor. Because, well, what else is there to do?
What's the latest word? Nothing new really, just that there seems to be enough movement to start to feel optimistic (which is in itself a dangerous thing).
Yet there are signs – even hopeful signs – that things are about to get serious. That doesn’t mean solved. The lockout has really only just begun and we are coming to the time when the days finally begin to mean something. Training camps are less than a month away and soon the players will start to miss paychecks, while owners will start to lose gate receipts. This is when everyone waits for someone to blink and the staredown is in full effect. But they are talking. The two sides met last week and they did so again on Wednesday with a plan to meet Thursday and possibly Friday.
Hey, here's an idea. Why don't you guys just book a conference room for the next month or so and show up every day until this gets worked out? If you want public opinion on your side, take a hint from the grinders on the basketball court and work your butt off. Flannery mentions in his article that most fans don't care who wins, they just want basketball. I agree with that, but I think they'd go a long way to mitigating the damage of this lockout on public opinion by simply rolling up their sleeves and getting to work.
So, time to take the pulse of Celtics Nation. Are you feeling optimistic? Detached? Pessimistic? Share your thoughts with the class.