Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 at 8:55 am  |  18 responses

Post Up: Lockout Open Thread

Not exactly the set of opening night recaps we’d like to be providing.

If it were up to us, the morning and afternoon of November 2, 2011 would be spent discussing the first night of the ’11-12 NBA season. A group of well-written, reliably witty recaps of the opening set of contests would live in this space, under the above banner, and a quick scroll southward would reveal a few hundred comments of high-quality digital barbershop banter.

Of course, things haven’t exactly unfolded the way we’d have liked them to. For the time being we’re forced to sit idly by, waiting for the inevitable next labor meeting, waiting for this boring lockout ride to throw both the media and—more importantly—the fans through its next turn of events. So what we bring you here isn’t a synopsis of a night of hoops, or a piece of breaking news, or even a video featuring a few of your favorite hoopers doing something other than playing professional basketball. Instead, at the moment, we give you…well, nothing.

Feel free to use the comment section below to vent your thoughts on the situation, which side you believe is truly at fault here or how you believe a solution to this mess could one day come to fruition. Or you can hypothesize how the canceled games (Dallas vs Chicago, Utah vs Houston, L.A. Lakers vs Oklahoma City) would’ve unfolded had they not become casualties of the NBA and NBPA’s ongoing incompetence. Or go ahead and provide some predictions of how the season will play out whenever it does return, which I’m guessing it will around—yeah, like I’m gonna be the guy that jinxes anything. Let me pass on that one.

Hopefully, at some point in the near future, you’ll see this space filled with an actual Post Up containing actual recaps. Hopefully. —Adam Figman

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  • Wray

    I just wanted my Bulls to stomp the living hell out of the Mavs on their banner night. Is that so much to ask, douche owners?!

  • http://nba.com GP23

    It’s a damn shame, it really is. I just want to know, was the lockout as bad as this one back at the end of 1998. Im curious, I was very young then, and didn’t get to grips with it. How did they get over it in ’98???

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  • MaxIsNative

    Spurs will be 11-12 Champs.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    good try SLAM.
    trying to get me to comment on nothing, ha!
    oh wait..

  • LA Huey

    I loved that Heat-Knicks game last night. MSG crowd has great. Melo and STAT got theirs but they didn’t get any help from Chauncey and company. That oop from Bosh to Wade was spectacular. Also, those recievers gloves Joel Anthony was wearing…I didn’t know that was allowed in the NBA.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    I connect everyday to Slam with the hope of seeing “The lockout counter” gone… one of these days, hopefully… About the lockout itself… it’s all about money. Big markets (LA, NY) make basketball profitable, small markets (Oklahoma, Memphis)make basketball exciting. If you only had big markets the League wouldn’t be exciting (that is happening here in Spain with Real Madrid and Barcelona taking 60% of TV money making the Liga boring and predictable) so I don’t see the lockout as the players getting too much but the owners being greedy. How can you expect to make a profit after spending 300 to 400 plus million dollars in buying a team which has lost money the previous year? I just don’t get it. Like some contracts out there. Somebody shoud be in jail for the Rashad Lewis contract (+ 22 mill this season?? smh)

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Did y’all see those highlights? Rose and Dirk combining for 140 points since they have to carry both of their teams by themselves. The Bulls won because Rose was MVP. The Jazz officially started 5 different forwards at the same time. Memo, Favors, Milsap, Kanter, and Jefferson. Oh and don’t forget Kobe punching Mike Brown in the face after Kobe only shot the ball 10 times in the first half. Of course he missed all of them since he’s so old and has nothing left. Factor in Westbrook’s 10 turnovers and 1/61 shooting night and it was just a bad game all around. Good to see NBA action though. Oh the Heat played last night too? Eh, nobody cares about them.

  • http://live.com B-Ball Wiz

    yo man i just wanted to see kd sporting them nerf shoes in the game against la that would have been dope!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    You know what would be nice? If at least 10% if my comments would show up!!!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    That’s better.
    Anyways, LOL @ Caboose!

  • Jack

    I wanna know how the lockout in 98′ felt, too. I was only 6, and there wasn’t as many resources and reading about it on Wikipedia can only do so much. Old heads where you at? Is this one as bad on your opinion?

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Thank you Rigo.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I don’t like this.

  • http://www.google.com Tristan Warneke

    Those WOULD have been some epic first games :(
    Chi > Dallas
    Utah > Houst
    OKC > Lakers

    I dont know why I think that though.

  • http://waterpolo.simmis.fi Lawrence York

    Chi beats dallas, close game
    Utah wipes the floor with huston
    Okc shows kobe his rain is over for good.
    The will be no nba before the middle of january and chicago will lose to the heat in the eastern conference finals and the heat will be 2012 champs.

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  • John Wall Jr

    Stern and the owners acting like Neocons… just take the 50-52% split! f*ck!
    Players already came down 5% points got dayumn.