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Here's a cool pictographic courtesy of USDIRECT.com that sums up the inception of the current NBA lockout from June 21, 2005 through October 28, 2011. A time span of 6 years.
This makes you wonder why the heck it's taking the league and the players so long to get a new CBA signed? They've had all this time to work something out and still the season's first two months were pulled out.
We're already in the second week of this cancelled November month, and still the media and fans are in limbo waiting for a definitive yay or nay on the life of the 2011-12 NBA season.
Both parties are going back and forth, throwing verbal daggers at one another but with no resolve. Who do we point the finger to for all of this mess?
We needed the high profile NBA stars to show up in the preliminary stages of these negotiations. This was a critical missing piece right from the get-go. The [mis]representation of the NBA players early on allowed for the owners to feel less compelled to push and more at ease to leave negotiations on the table for yet another day, week, month, perhaps even a year.
To date, we've seen nothing but full ego's with empty results. One key point in a successful negotiation is to see the other party from their point of view. I feel this is a big part of why we don't have a new CBA today. I feel that if both parties truly took the effort to better understand each others POV, the realization and clear vision to get an executed contract would've taken place. Maybe a recognition triggered by the sympathy and appreciation for the fans.