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OK, admittedly that is a hard question. Probably not easy to answer, even if you are the world’s most advanced voice recognition software. Searching the web won’t help though. Trust me on that one.

Let’s try something easier.

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I am not sure if the owners being the 99 percent is accurate since both sides of the NBA’s labor stoppage seem to be pretty one percent-y, but this is just a good idea for a video. Lots of New Yorkers in one place means there’s definitely going to be some people who can talk hoops and/or be crazy. Good to see the bros from Knickerblogger found both.

Kevin Garnett is well-known as one of the most versatile, best defenders in the history of the NBA. He’s got a Defensive Player of the Year award to his name, as well as nine selections to the All-Defensive first team and another two for the second team. That’s an 11 selection out of 16 years average. Pretty smart, Nas.

Unfortunately, that defensive intensity doesn’t stop. Not even when he’s sitting in on negotiations for the new collective bargaining agreement. From Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports:

This fight has grown nastier, more personal, in the past weeks. Privately, management insists that everything changed when the Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett walked into the negotiating room on Oct. 4. The owners knew it wouldn’t go well when Garnett started glowering across the table, sources said, like the league lawyers, owners and officials were opponents at the center jump. He was defiant, determined and downright ornery. He was K.G. Everyone knew Hunter had to cede to the wishes of the stars, and the stars demanded that the players stop making concessions to the owners.

As one league official said, “We were making progress, until Garnett [expletive] everything up.”

Thanks, Kevin. Thanks for being all Kevin Garnett about everything always. Not sure that growling, scowling and angry eyes-ing everyone when people are talking BRI splits, amortization and mid-level exceptions is the best idea, but it is good to know that you are always true to yourself. It is important to have a strong sense of identity in today’s day and age.

Unfortunately, sometimes that plays out like a segment of “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong.” I am not trying to tell anyone how to do their jobs or how to negotiate the documents that will govern the league in which they play for years after they have retired, but it seems to me that instensing a group of people who have been working together for quite some time — and it’s your first appearance at the meetings — is not a great idea. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a business law class, but I cannot remember that being a part of effective bargaining strategy. That’s probably why league officials think he “[expletive] everything up.”

Can you even imagine how distracting it must be to trade solutions to a complicated financial problem while some angry dude keeps smashing his head in to the conference table? Almost as impossible as trying to hear the other side’s ideas while Garnett is yelling at the top of his lungs that “A LOCKOUT RESOLUTION IS POSSSSIBLLLLLLEEEEEE!!!!!!!”

If all it takes to end the lockout is Mark Cuban making an “anonymous” donation to Stephen Colbert’s joke-but-real Super PAC — in complete violation of the NBA’s gag order on lockout talk, mind you — which leads to a parody ad supporting the owners that never actually airs, then we should have done this months ago. Simple solution.

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This lockout, you guys. Ugh. Am I right? I’m right. It’s the worst and we all agree about it. It’s really going to throw off our entire late-fall to winter transitions when we can’t watch basketball when it’s already dark out at 6:30 in the evening and we have to watch Wheel of Fortune instead of another Hawks-Heat game. It sucks. You agree, I’m sure. I agree. We all agree.

Rajon Rondo doesn’t agree. He’s pretty OK with the whole thing. From the Boston Globe:

“This has been the best summer of my life, really,’’ he said. “Lockout or not, I’m still going to enjoy my life and do what I do best.’’

Well, I am glad for Rajon Rondo. It seems like he had a great summer. Got his elbow fixed, took some classes at University of Kentucky, hooped with some fellow Wildcats while putting a little cash in his pocket. All in all, not a bad summer. I can see why he loved it so much.

On the other hand, don’t rub it in. We’re dying for basketball here and this guy has to be all “Summer summer summer time” like he’s Will Smith and the lockout is DJ Jazzy Jeff. Kind of insensitive, considering how sad we are about this whole thing. (Also lots of people have lost their jobs because of the lockout, but that is not Rajon Rondo’s fault, so you shouldn’t be mad at him for enjoying his down time.)

You have to imagine that if Rajon Rondo feels this way about his summer, then a lot of the other NBA guys do. Who wouldn’t love flying all over the globe playing in exhibition games where people love you? If someone told me I could lay on a beach and blog while everyone applauded each and every keystroke, I would gladly accept that offer while packing every bottle of sunscreen ever produced.

And so would you, which is why it’s not a big deal that a player would enjoy being locked out. Sure, it might totally kill their bargaining position and be completely antithetical to the “act normal” instructions that the league handed out, but it’s only natural that a human would enjoy being in chill mode. Just kind of a bummer that we don’t get to enjoy it as much as he does.

(via PBT)

“That’s right up there as one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard. That’s right up there with new Coke.”Charles Barkley, on the league that Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony are talking about starting

Since we’re still a couple weeks away from the once-upon-a-time start of the NBA season, things aren’t so bad. Even if there were a season happening, we’d still have time to get Doug Collins fired and be asked a question about players crying in the locker room in NBA 2K12 — or something else less specific and less embarrassing — during our last few weeks of free time. Right now, we can still live in denial, which isn’t the best way to handle things but is OK in my book.

But come November 1, when we’re missing out on Derrick Rose and Dirk Nowitzki, that’s when things are going to suck. That’s when we’ll all realize that this season really is delayed and that we’re missing out on some really great basketball. That’s when we’ll have the sadness for realsies.

Unless the NBA’s players have anything to say about it. They might just want to have a season anyways. From Sports Illustrated:

While the actual formation of another league would be, um, challenging, a source says there is a more manageable idea being tossed around. In a strong statement to the league’s fans who are paying such a steep price for all this, players would organize unofficial versions of the games that are being lost in early November.

Players would join their respective NBA teams in full and play in non-NBA venues in the city in which they were originally scheduled. So maybe there’s hope for an opening night of Bulls at Mavericks, Rockets at Jazz and Thunder at the Lakers on Nov. 1 after all.

This is just an excellent plan. The NBA won’t let its players play basketball games. Fine — they’ll just organize their own games in the same cities with the same players playing the same teams, only in significantly more empty and less technologically advanced gyms. It’s like a bootleg NBA and it’s hilarious.

In fact, I really think they should take this idea and run with it. It’ll be like playing a Nintendo game that didn’t have the NBA licensing where you get Erik Carnation and Kirk Nomisski going head-to-head in a game between the Chicago Gulls and the Dallas White Horses. This could be a revolutionary idea that will put the power back in the players’ hands while also simultaneously being gut-bustingly funny.

The idea of NBA players “starting” their own “league” is preposterous. Unless they’re going to find a way to build state-of-the-art arenas, hire team employees, figure out amortization for team purchases, actually play hard, and a billion other things it won’t really be real. But if they do this thing where they have a fake NBA that exactly mimics the real one, even for just a few games, that’ll be great for so many reasons. I’m personally looking looking forward to the laughs, but some basketball would be nice too.