The NBA season ended a few months ago, but the lockout is still breaking headlines. There have been rumors involving players heading overseas to play basketball and then there has been news showing just how far apart the league and Players Union are.
#3- This week (July 29th-August 5th) was loaded with labor talks, but one Knicks story did raise some eyebrows. Former Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Woodson was interviewed by the Knicks to become the team’s new defensive assistant coach. Woodson coached the Hawks from 2004 to 2010, and improved the team’s winning percentage in every season. D’Antoni preferred to hire Lawrence Frank, but reports say Woodson will most likely become the Knicks next new man.
#2- After the NBA and Players Union met on August 1st, the league filed a federal lawsuit against the Union. The league claimed that the union was not negotiating in good faith and that they made several threats to dismantle the union in order to get the better end of the CBA.
Despite meeting for the first time since the lockout began, there was no sign of a new deal after the session. The Players Union and the league were clearly failing to work together and it seemed as though they were willing to sacrifice a season.
#1- NBA Players Union chief Billy Hunter told a reporter during a press conference in Baltimore that he believes there will not be a 2011-12 NBA season. According to Hunter, the financial gap between both parties is so large that a new agreement will be hard to come by.
Training camps are just around the corner, and it will be nearly impossible to reach a new CBA by that time. Hunter added to the lack of optimism concerning the arrival of the NBA, with the latest comment I’m not sure we will be able to see the Knicks play until next year.