We have heard a lot about big name players potentially taking their talents overseas to wait out the lockout, we’ve seen videos of them playing in random pick up games, and we’re all about to witness the effect they can have on the University of Kentucky, but what can NBA players do to fight back against the owners while they wait for a deal to be reached? Well former Wildcat Joe Crawford has a plan, and honestly, I don’t hate it.
Think about it. There is a desire there to watch the players – simply look at the reception that former UK players are getting playing against the Dominican Republic team. Look at the amount of hits Kevin Durant at Rucker Park got. If you think people wouldn’t be interested in going to an NBA barnstorming tour of sorts, you’re crazy. On top of that, people have been complaining of ESPN’s dominance in the sports market lately, there might be a small TV deal to be struck out there with another random Cable channel.
Of course, there are a number of issues. There is no way those players would get anywhere near what they are used to making (though it would be more than the nothing they are currently receiving.) There’s always a risk of injury anytime you put it on the line to play. There might even be a risk of owner backlash once the lockout is settled for all but the most invaluable of players (though I kind of doubt that last one.)
What do you think of Joe’s proposal? It manages to give the players a little say in what’s going on, and it would be highly entertaining. Especially if every game started off with two team captains and a pick ’em line up.