Derek Fisher. I love Derek Fisher. One of my favorite stories ever is when I went out to a sports bar to watch game three of the 2009 finals with a friend. He's not a Laker fan, and he likes to get on me about the Lakers. So, he asked me why Derek Fisher was on the court. He looked about a million years old, and he wasn't able to really play defense at all.
I told him that, at some point, Derek Fisher will hit the shot that makes all the difference and he'll win this game. He might miss every other shot, but he'll make the dagger.
Sure enough, D-Fish hit two shots (one famous one in Jameer Nelson's face) and that was pretty much it. His mouth was hanging wide open as he watched, in real time, my prediction come true.
Well, Derek Fisher can't win the lockout for the NBPA that way. He's been talking about the lockout and how quiet it is. For as much as I love him, he's missing the point. He said that:
"It's been long, but it's been weirdly quiet. To push as hard as we did in the month of June to see if we could get a deal done prior to July 1, it's essentially been crickets since then."
"If, as players, we feel we can operate under a fair system, then we can maybe work towards a fair number. I think our counterparts feel a little bit differently, they want to get a number set and they're not as concerned with the way the system looks if they get the right number. We don't think that's the best way to approach it. We want to make sure we keep a fair system in place for all players now and coming in later and I think the numbers will kind of take care of themselves."
"It's more about getting the process started again. Kind of rolling the sleeves back up and starting to do the hard work that it's going to take to try and get something done between now and October 1st or when the start of training camp would be. I don't know if there's going to be any major movement on Monday."
all of that sounds really nice. He's right, in a way, but he's missing a very big point in all of this. The thing that makes this noteworthy is that the NBA just got majorly overshadowed by the NFL. The NFL ended its lockout, and the fans stopped caring about the NBA. Basically, the NFL can make up for a lot, and that means that the NBA won't be missed until January when the NFL playoffs are almost over.
So, it's been quiet because you aren't relevant right now. The NFL was relevant the whole time because it's so much more popular than the NBA. Perhaps, if the NBA didn't waste so much time trying to go global, they might have more traction here in the States. They didn't, they don't, and now it's biting them in the behind.
It's going to be quiet until people really start to get desperate. Nobody's desperate yet, football's on, so, oh well.