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Is Wyc Grousbeck willing to lose entire NBA season?

Posted By Ben Rohrbach On July 1, 2011 @ 9:30 am In General | 3 Comments

The NBA officially entered a lockout at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, and while positive signs are emerging from the NFL camp, more and more questions are developing about whether NBA owners and players can negotiate a collective bargaining agreement before the league starts losing games.

In fact, some owners are willing to lose the entire 2011-12 NBA season in order to get what they want, and Celtics [1] owner Wyc Grousbeck is among them, according to Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski:

Back in the labor talks of 2005, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck would say over and over in the negotiating sessions: The lockout is an investment.

Grousbeck smartened up, kept that thought to himself, but rest assured the mindset hasn’€™t changed. He’€™s one of the owners believed to be willing to lose the next season, along with Phoenix’€™s Robert Sarver.

While the Celtics are thought to be one of the few teams that could actually benefit from a shortened season — considering the aging legs of Paul Pierce [2], Kevin Garnett [3], Ray Allen [4] and Jermaine O’Neal [5] — only Grousbeck would benefit from a lost season, as $31.2 million worth of Garnett and Allen would come off the books. That is, unless you think Dwight Howard [6] is wearing green if and when the 2012-13 season comes around.


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