Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  26 responses

Charles Barkley: ‘Miracle’ Needed to Avoid NBA Lockout

Like most observers, Chuck thinks the League is about to enter a long and ugly work stoppage. From SRI (via ESPN Radio): “On the impending NBA Lockout and what a miracle it would be if David Stern would be able to bridge the huge divide between all the various parties involved: ‘Well I think, and I’m not saying this because I’m in the NBA, if you go back and look, David Stern has been the best commissioner in sports the last 25 years. It would take a miracle on his part not to have a lockout and I truly believe that. I think there’s going to be a lockout, I think the owners are dug in, I think they want to send a message to these players. I think they’re really upset by this LeBron James / Chris Bosh situation, because their teams don’t have to be really good, but I feel like if they have a star in their market they can make some money. And if all the stars want to play together…we’re almost becoming like baseball where you’ve got a few good teams and the rest of them stink.’ But wait, even though there’s a handful of powerhouse teams in baseball, there’s still been nine different teams who have won the World Series in the past decade: ‘Yeah but it’s different because we make all our money on television. And those teams … like the San Francisco Giants can win the World Series if they’ve got great pitching, but they don’t make any money on television like we do in the NBA. Then we have that rule where you can only show a team ‘X’ amount of times. So now we’re stuck. Why are we going to show the Cleveland Cavaliers? Why are we going to show the Toronto Raptors? We can’t do that. Now you’ve got the thing brewing with Dwight Howard, and now you’ve got the thing brewing with Chris Paul, and it’s like why would we show Orlando if Dwight Howard is not there? And why would we show New Orleans if Chris Paul is not there? I think because they’re upset that some of these players all want to play together…..I think the players are going to have to take a really shoddy deal not to have a lockout. And I shouldn’t say a shoddy deal, but they’re going to put some things in play where all these players can’t play together — that’s first and foremost. And I think they are going to bring these salaries down, as far as ‘X’ amount of years. I think they’re definitely going to do those two things.’”

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  • ianlegend

    Make it so LeBron can only play on a team where the average age is > 36

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Sadly, Sir Charles is probably right.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFvy4YSt1tQ EJ

    Are you there God?

  • dcom

    I have an issue with the whole “teams have lost 300 million” statement. How much profit did the profitable teams actually make? Does it offset the losses? or is that loss figure the net? Also if you greatly limit the amount that small market teams can overpay their players then location becomes even more important, not simply financially(no to low income tax states as well as bigger markets for endorsement deals) but also in terms of weather and things of that nature. Why would I as a player stay languish in Minnosota when i could go to miami, especially since with greater cap restrictions the difference in pay between the two areas may become negligible

  • robb

    IDK man, Kareem played with Magic, Stockton played with Malone, Bird played with McHale and the Chief, MJ with Pippen and Rodman, Russell with Cousy, Shaq and Kobe, I mean it’s always been there. Lebron, Bosh and Wade did take pay cuts so they could play together didn’t they? Is that the real reason?

  • http://www.nba.com piq

    @robb you misunderstood. Magic was drafted to play with Kareem, Pipp with Jordan, Malone with Stockton and so on, and it is not the same as ditching the entire roster to sign 3 superstars in their prime in a league lacking quality players all around. Even 2 of those superstars that Miami brought are lacking fundamentals, which is a testament to the quality of the league.

  • ballerphil

    @piq i don’t think is a lack of quality. The draft can only produce so much talent. In a 30 team league not every team can have a superstar. Adam silver sad they want a league where every team can content. That’s not gonna happen. A 24 team league would be much more profitable and competitive, but that’s not gonna happen either.

  • bike

    Chuck is right. The NBA is very star-oriented and there ain’t enough to go around. There are plenty of quality players in the league but the big markets like to have a Kobe, LeBron, or Dwight to showcase along with a good run in the playoffs. Best solution is to reduce the number of teams.

  • http://jsdklfl.com Jukai

    Interesting Charles didn’t say anything about losing a few teams.

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  • Eddie1

    Illuminati will come through child.

  • ballerphil

    @Jukai Chuck said nothing about losing teams. That was my point.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    This guy acts like he didn’t hop on Hakeem and Clyde’s coattails in order to win a ring. Keep talking out of your a**, Chuck.

  • http://www.nba.com piq

    @JTaylor yer exactly he joined them as a 34 year old hasbeen(in his own words), when Hakeem was more like a nightmare then the dream.

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    This is why expansion has changed things; players are being pushed into starring roles that they’re not fit for. The Hornets were moved from Charlotte because the market was too small, then the Bobcats are started up. The Grizzlies were moved to Memphis, then a few years later the owner was complaining about making losses. Shouldn’t they do a bit more diligence before establishing a franchise or moving to a city, to see that there’s enough fans to make it viable?

  • davidR

    piq, didn’t magic state that he would only enter the nba if he was drafted by the lakers, because he only wanted to play with kareem?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Charles Barkley was traded to the Rockets, he didn’t join them in free agency.

  • OM

    he had some great seasons in houston though. rebounding champion with like 15 a game.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    It seems the owners are pushing their inability to create newer streams of revenue off onto the players. I bet their will be some innovation from players in the coming years to in the social media realm to increase their non-NBA capital.

  • http://basketballjunction.blogspot.com/ Joseph V

    Wow, this was a bad time for me to start a hoops blog.

  • T-Money

    i keep looking for this golden era of parity in the nba. was it the early 00s with the lakers? was it the 90s with the bulls? was it the 80s with the celts and lakers? chuck should stop talking for a while, owners don’t give a flying eff about the heat, they want paper.

  • Vancouver bBALL starved

    if 22 of the 30 teams in the NBA lost $ this year then think about reloction of 1 or 2 teams.. i know that sound unreasonable, id rather have that than a lockout. pref vancouver? please?

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Why is it that I think Charles Barkley knows more about what NBA owners want than someone commenting on a website forum, T-Money?

  • http://www.nba.com piq

    @davidR As far as i remember they got the first round pick when they let Gail Goodrich move to the New Orleans Jazz as a compensation, and since they were with the worst record that year, Lakers ended up choosing first. I remember that Magic hoped to be drafted by the Lakers, I just dont remember that he requested it. They needed a PG and I think that they urged him to skip school and join Lakers as a sophomore. I think that what owners decide is more important then what players want, i remember the story with Ralph Sampson, James Worthy, and coint toss and what not. There is more happening behind the curtains then what we can perceive, and it is hard to tell what you gonna get through draft.

  • T-Money

    Ugh: I would argue that a lot of fans have more knowledge about labor talks than former superstars. You think Chuck has ever read the CBA? It’s not because someone played in the NBA that he knows or cares about everything around it. Chuck doesn’t even know who the bench guys are on most crappy teams.

  • http://SlamOnline Roger Tornga

    I think what Charles said in another article was right on. In this recession, the only thing that hasn’t gone down is players salaries. That’s unrealistic on the part of the players. Less people can afford to go to games, and the resulting economic affect necessitates reductions in salaries. They are extremely inflated now, anyway. Fans cannot even identify. Teams are going broke. New Orleans has been taken over by the NBA itself. The Players Union helps to provide a balance, but they need to recognize that the salaries are what are out of balance right now. All I read is about how to change the percentages, as if the size of the pie is going to remain static. It’s not. The whole pie is smaller and therefore everyone has to eat smaller pieces.