BACK TALK: NBA lockout — good or bad?

Sometimes, you just want to be locked out

I’ll give it to you Brandon, being locked out sounds bad.

Real bad.

Horrible, even.

But if you look close, that’s not always the case.

Say you’re locked out of a lion’s den, a gas chamber, or the gates of Hell.

Bummed you can’t get in? I didn’t think so.

Sure, there’s a certain sort of helplessness that creeps in when shunned from life’s more pleasurable and personal encasements (cars, houses and bathrooms come to mind), but we shouldn’t complain when locks and missing keys protect us from danger or embarrassment.

The NBA’s lockout is an instance of the latter.

Lockouts loom (and sometimes doom) all sports sooner or later. And when they do it reminds us that the big leagues are, bottom line, big business. Sport and competition are just part of the money-making process.

So financially, some would argue the quarrel between the millionaire players and billionaire owners couldn’t have come at a worse time for the league. This past season, namely the finals, received the largest ratings the game has seen in quite some time.

But if you ask me, it was for all the wrong reasons.

DECISIONS

The NBA could use an absent-season-long breather. And so could I.

My eyes were strained from the constant rolling they underwent through coverage of LeBron’s James’ decision and his subsequent rise and fall with the Heat.

Making the finals and losing in six games wouldn’t normally be an Apocalyptic story, but with all the produced hype Miami got through the year, it was par for the course.

Hopefully the lockout will cool the flames upon the league’s return.

And the good news this offseason, is LeBron’s decision is already made for him.

His talents will stay put with everyone else’s.

PISTONS

Have the Detroit Pistons already been locked out for the last two seasons?

They certainly have from the playoffs.

The only reason I hadn’t lost interest in the NBA a long time ago were the Pistons’ run through the better part of the past decade.

I liked their team-basketball sense and hard nosed style of play in a league that doesn’t have much of it. But then they got old. And soft. And whiny.

I can’t say I’ll be sad to see the Pistons not play this season, because they already haven’t the last two.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

College basketball has its fair share of corruption and big business wrapped up with it. But the product on the court is second to none.

The NBA has its fair share stars who dominate the offensive end. College teams do too, but not the good ones.

The champions in NCAA are always the schools with the best coaching and best team chemistry. They’re always followed by the most diehard students and fans, and through tournament runs during March Madness they’ll usually gain a couple million more.

The college game will benefit from the NBA lockout, as the only source of watchable basketball — which to me, has always been the case.

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Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or dsavela@pioneergroup.com.

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