The iconic wrestler The Iron Sheik had a few words of sage advice for NBA players as the lockout stretched into its 141st day.
And surprisingly enough, his recent Tweet made as much sense of any recent takes about the extended work stoppage.
Here’s what The Sheik, by his Twitter account:
The Sheik’s makes a good point that both sides should consider.
And if they don’t, maybe The Sheik should threaten Billy Hunter and David Stern with the Camel Clutch that brought down Bob Backlund. Or this kind of :
After all the excitement that came out of Thursday’s bargaining sessions, some pundits were excited that an 82-game NBA schedule potentially could be saved.
Unfortunately, Friday’s breakdown in the talks has killed those ideas along with adding another round of cancellations.
All of the November games have now been cancelled as we’ve passed the 120-day mark of the lockout.
The tripping point in Friday’s talks was how the percentage of basketball-related income would be divvied up. Owners aren’t budging on a 50 percent split. Players, who had a 57 percent split in the last contract, aren’t willing to dip below 52.5 percent.
That leaves a $100 million gap that apparently can’t be bridged – at least at this time.
After making some movement in other issues, David Stern and Billy Hunter attacked the biggest obstacle Friday. Neither side is willing to budge.
There is no day set for a resumption of talks.
Prepare for more games than the ones in November to be missed.
Reports from the marathon NBA bargaining session that stretched well into Thursday morning sound as substantive as we’ve heard during the nearly four months of negotiating between the two sides.
The best news that came from both the players and owners after the 15-hour session ended was that an 82-game season still could be salvagable if a settlement could be reached by Sunday or Monday.
“We initially wanted to miss none,” NBA commissioner David Stern“It’s sad that we’ve missed two weeks. We’re trying to apply a tourniquet and go forward. That’s always been our goal.”
Both Stern and Billy Hunter sounded upbeat when they emerged to give their spin to the media.
Maybe it’s the late hour. But how come this seems to be a completely different attitude emerging than after cataclysmic gloom and doom that marked the end of last week’s abrupt conclusion?
Despite the happy spin both sides have, huge work needs to be made when they meet again beginnning at 2 p.m. Thursday.
One source told CBS Sports.com that “small moves” have been made. But the same gap exists with the split of the basketball-related income remains and appears to still be the same impediment to a deal as before.
It will be up to Hunter and Stern to bridge that gap.
They’ve been here before and haven’t been able to settle the deal.
Will they be any more successful on Thursday?
Basketball fans can only hope.