Thursday , Nov , 24 , 2011 Paul Eide

If There was a 66 Game Season, Would You Care?

In the words of Yoda, “66 games does not a season make.” Well, maybe Yoda never actually said that, but I’m pretty sure he would at least be thinking it based on the latest news regarding the NBA lockout.

With another round of negotiations commencing on Tuesday and set to resume on Friday, the latest is that the NBA is hoping to string together a 66 game season that would begin on Christmas Day. But the only way that would happen is if the two sides can try and reach an agreement this weekend. And even Yoda isn’t too optimistic about that happening. “Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.” And that’s a direct quote.

So after all this nonsense, after 146 days of hot, lockout action we could end up with only 16 less games. I could roll with that. I could still potentially care and be willing to try and put the past behind me and move forward with a blank slate, just like when your girlfriend or wife cheats on you, but it’s just easier to stay in the relationship.

“Named must your fear be before banish it you can.” I think what Yoda meant by that one is that sure, we were afraid the lockout would happen initially and that we would miss games. But being afraid of it didn’t help stop it, just like being afraid of no season at all isn’t helping.

So if we were to get a 66 game season, it would surely beat the shit out of the 50 game ridiculousness that was the 1998-99 season. That whole entire “season” felt dirty, didn’t it? So many weird anomalies that make everyone laugh nervously when that season is brought up, and then quickly change the subject.

All that season did was make the San Antonio Spurs look like the least respected dynasty in any major sport that anyone can remember. No one remembers the MVP (Karl Malone). Or the scoring leader (Allen Iverson).Even when the Spurs won two more NBA titles, they never got the respect they should have. Just like Tim Duncan’s career. But if they win the first title in a non-shortened season, then no one can say anything other than they are great. And, deserving.

At the end of the day, all a true basketball fan can do is hope the players and owners can hammer it out this weekend. Because no NBA basketball is terrible. Some friends have resorted to caring about NCAA basketball to fill the void, but it’s not enough. I was legitimately excited to see Allen Iverson’s “Las Vegas Superstar Challenge”, what with all the studs and whatnot, but then it got moved from Nov 12th and 13th to Jan sixth and seventh. Which in promotional terms more than likely means “it won’t happen because we can’t deliver all the hype we promised” or “we weren’t selling enough tickets.” Either way, that event will never happen.

So Yoda, will there be a 66 game season? “Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.”

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