Who is this person that has respectively earned such an entrance to these late negotiations? Could this man be the leading force to saving the NBA season when others have tried time and again only to be defeated time and again? The man with the answer and a cape goes by the name of Jim Quinn.
Jim was recently hired on to help serve a neutral role in the NBA war between the owners and the players.
Howard Beck from NewYorkTimes.com writes this about Quinn:
He played a similar role in the 1998-99 lockout, entering the negotiations at a late stage and helping push through a deal that saved a 50-game season. He is known as a reasonable voice who commands the respect of key figures on both sides.
We all give a BIG thanks to Jim Quinn if he comes out of this weeks negotiations circling his index finger in the air letting the fans know that the players can circle the bases.
We would all be thankful for a 66-game season that will be scheduled to begin on Christmas day.
The league needs at least four weeks to prepare for opening day on December 25th and the shortened season would end late April with the NBA finals pushed back by a week.
Regardless, we will certainly see the conclusion to this saga soon, NBA season or not.
Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone and we hope you are able to spend it with your loved ones.