HOOPSWORLD Week in Review
State Of The Cap: Entering 2011-12
By Jason Fleming
With the 2011 NBA Lockout underway who knows when free agency may actually begin. Actually, who knows what rules teams will be working under when it does begin, what the salary cap may be, what players they need to replace, what happens to their own free agents…
Really, we don’t know a lot. What we can tell you is, as of today, how much money each team has committed to the 2011-12 season.
We did this back in May (check that out for comparison to now), but since then trades have been made around the draft, options have been exercised and declined, and – well – all possible movement has come to a halt.
What Should Be In The New CBA
By Eric Pincus
When did being a journalist and/or fan of the NBA require a masters in economics?
The argument holding up the next Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is about the division of the pie. Once that’s hashed out, be it in a month or in a year, the rest of the document will be written.
Whether the owners or players get an extra percent or two doesn’t really matter to the spectator . . . but many of the rules that will eventually make out the CBA will have a significant impact on the product.
What should be in the new labor deal?
The Overseas Threat
By Bill Ingram
When the NBA last locked out its players there weren’t many options for those players in terms of other places to take their services. The NBA has long been the absolute world class league for the best players on the planet, and while playing overseas has always been an option, it hasn’t always been an attractive one.
But times have certainly changed since 1998, the last time the NBA and its players reached an impasse.
Since 1998 the game of basketball has gone global in a major way. Players like Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki, China’s Yao Ming, Argentina’s Manu Ginobili, Spain’s Pau Gasol and Puerto Rico’s JJ Barea (among many, many others) have young kids around the world putting down the soccer ball in favor of a basketball. In response, professional teams all over Europe and South America have begun erecting world class arenas and even have dreams of one day joining the NBA.
Predicting 2011 Free Agency
By Eric Pincus
First the standard caveat this summer – lockout, unknown rules, all that . . .
A hard cap might change the system dramatically but it also appears to be a position the NBA Players Union won’t accept.
Assuming the owners and players eventually agree on how to split up the pie before losing a season, at some point the enjoyable off-court part of the NBA will resume (free agency, trades, etc.)
Last week’s report on trade targets (On The Block: Who Should Be Ready to Move?) and HOOPSWORLD’s always-thorough Jason Fleming put together a list of free agents to work of off (2011 Free Agents: Position-by-Position) and a list of Who’s Got Space?. . . so once the league is back in business, what should happen?
Keep in mind what’s to follow is completely hypothetical and there’s no way to address every single issue with every single free agent on every single team:
Coach: Developing A Center
By Anthony Macri
This is the first part in a series of articles on offseason player development at the NBA level. Right about now, every year, players contact trainers and skill development coaches to help them take their games to the next level for the coming year. This may be even more prevalent in this “lockout-enhanced” offseason. The majority of players contacting us at the Pro Training Center are about to enter a contract year and are looking to put themselves in the best position to maximize their value for future negotiations. For this series, I will examine how we might put together an offseason skill development plan for players at the five positions on the floor, utilizing players who will enter the free agent market in 2012 as examples. Let’s get to it…
Developing a Center
No matter who the prospect is, the first thing we concern ourselves with is making them a beast. They have to be ready to compete as an absolute animal whenever they are between the lines. This reality is no more necessary than with a center who comes into the gym. The constant battle underneath the rim requires a player who does not back down from anyone, and the willingness and ability to mix it up is an automatic value-added for any post player.
Top 5 Multi-Sport Hoopsters
By Joel Brigham
Quite a few readers have speculated what the players will do to stay busy during the lockout, and that’s a pretty sweeping question without an easy answer. Some guys, however, have the athletic ability to try on some different sports, just like the NFL’s Chad Ochocinco has done over the course of the last few months.
While Ochocinco dabbles in various things for the sake of sheer entertainment, there have been several players over the course of the NBA’s history that have legitimately come close to playing in other pro leagues. Some have even gone so far as to actually make the big leagues, be it baseball, football, or even volleyball. Here’s a list of some of the best multi-sport hoopsters to have ever played the game(s):