Just a week ago, there was finally a ray of hope in the dark ages that have been the NBA lockout. Talks between both sides were happening, ticket offices were reportedly being prepared to handle sales, and optimism was high the lockout would be ended. And then, just as we've grown accustomed to happening in this most maddening period in the Association's history, negotiations broke off once again. MORE games were cancelled, an 82 game season is now out of the picture,, and NBA fans are left to curse the decimation this lockout has done to a sport that had been peaking.
And now, as if possible, we've reached a dizzying new low in the lockout saga thanks to professional mudslinger Jason Whitlock of Foxsports.com. Usually, most columns Whitlock writes aren't worth being taken seriously. He's an online version of Skip Bayless, just less theatrical. At least with Skip, we know that it's all pretend and no human being with the thinking capacity of prehistoric man would believe the things he says. With Whitlock, I'm not so sure.
Whitlock's newest target is NBA players union president Derek Fisher of the LA Lakers. The whole saga involves unnamed sources, tales of fractures in the players union, Fisher reportedly going behind the backs of his own union to make a secret deal with David Stern, not one but two letters by Fisher debunking Whitlock's columns, and even the threat of a lawsuit from Fisher to Whitlock. Happy days are here again, indeed.
So when the NBA season was supposed to kick off, the union president plans on possibly suing an online columnist. Not quite the ray of hope we're looking for. Here's the Reader's Digest version of how this he-said, she-said controversy has broken down thus far...