As everybody knows, we’re in the middle of a lockout. While it’s led to a few really great things like a bunch of stars playing in the Philippines, summer league games that give us highlights to enjoy and the continued evolution of JaVale McGee in to a French alter ego named Pierre, it sucks. Really bad. Because we’re getting close to when the season should be starting, but it’s definitely not starting. It’s the worst.
And that’s why LaMarcus Aldridge needs to shut his dirty mouth. From the Oregonian:
No matter what kind of audience Aldridge runs into these days, the L-word inevitably surfaces, and Tuesday was no exception. And after the Trail Blazers’ power forward finished signing autographs and posing for pictures at the camp, he acknowledged there does not appear to be an end in sight for the NBA lockout, which is approaching the conclusion of its second month.
“No,” Aldridge said, when asked if there was reason for optimism. “Both sides are pretty (far) off right now. So it’s going to be a while.”
Yeah, that sucks. This is worse.
Aldridge, who is the Blazers’ player representative in the NBA Player’s Union, said he does not expect the season to start on time but does believe there will be a season eventually. That said, he is prepared to sit out all of 2011-12 if necessary.
“If that’s what it takes to get a fair deal done, then yes,” Aldridge said.
It was bad enough when LaMarcus Aldridge was saying that the two sides are far away from agreeing on a deal, because that’s obvious since they can’t even decide when to meet to talk about it, but then he has to go and say that he’s OK with sitting out an entire season if it’ll get the players a better deal. I understand that that is a valuable negotiating tactic, but is also super sad and I just don’t want to hear it.
We’re trying to have fun over here, trying to ignore the fact that our favorite sport doesn’t really exist right now, and LaMarcus Aldridge has to go and be Mr. Honesty. Such a bummer. Can’t he just say that there’s no way they’ll sit out a whole season and let us live in blissful ignorance? Why does he have to hurt us so much? I’m not crying. It’s just been raining on my face.
Maybe it’s better that we know the reality of the situation, so we can prepared for the worst case scenario, but I was perfectly happy pretending we’re just enjoying an extra long summer with lots of streetball. That was a very fun time. Now we’ve got to remember that there’s a stupidly reasonable chance that there won’t be an NBA for another year because both sides are OK with that happening as long as they get their way. Ugh.
Thanks for nothing, LaMarcus Aldridge.