|Would this 50/50 split solve the NBA lockout?||09.22.11 at 2:55 pm ET|
While NBA owners and players continue the debate on Thursday over a collective bargaining agreement to end the league’s lockout, let’s offer the two sides a fairly simple solution that took only a couple of hours to calculate.
Based on figures published by Forbes, teams raked in $3.8 billion in revenue during the 2009-10 NBA season — 57 percent (or $2.2 billion) of which went to the league’s players — yet 17-of-30 clubs managed to lose money that year. That’s not what Wyc Grousbeck & Co. are looking for, obviously.
But what if the players agreed to split that $3.8 billion in revenue down the middle, giving seven percent (or $154 million) in total salaries back to the owners? Such a 50-50 split would increase each of the 30 team’s operating income by $5.1 million — instantly chopping the number of squads losing money from 17 to 12. Not a bad start.
Too much of a concession on the player’s behalf, you say? Well, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‘s latest report, such a reduction appears not only possible but likely. Besides, a 50-50 divide is still better than the 53-47 split that favored NFL owners in their recent deal. Now, what to do about the 12 teams still losing money?
Let’s say the 18 NBA owners who are profiting agree to place 50 percent of their operating income into a revenue sharing system. That’s a grand total of $202.5 million. Divided up evenly, each of the 30 teams gets $6.75 million from that pool. Based on those 2009-10 numbers, only three teams would be left in the red: the Magic (-$11.3 million, because they stupidly paid Rashard Lewis and Vince Carter a combined $34.1 million), the Bobcats (-$8.2 million, because the league granted a new team to a city that failed to support the Hornets) and the Pacers (-$5.1 million, partly for overpaying Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy and T.J. Ford).
Still, based on the 2009-10 numbers, 27-of-30 NBA teams would be profiting from that system — in one of the worst economic downturns in the country’s history. That’s about as foolproof as you can get, right?
Sure, this hypothetical system means less money for the 11 most profitable teams — the Knicks, Bulls, Rockets, Lakers, Pistons, Raptors, Thunder, Suns, Warriors, Clippers and Blazers — but all of those teams benefited from either their location (a top-12 media market or Canada) and/or spending significantly less on player salaries.
In fact, the NBA could withhold all or a portion of a team’s $6.75 million in revenue sharing for failure to spend to the luxury tax threshold. That would provide an incentive for owners to put as much money back into their teams as possible — a spending floor, if you will — something that would surely please the players at the bargaining table. Such a concession might even open the door for players to consider the hard salary cap that the owners are so hell bent on securing during these negotiations.
Obviously, I understand that there are intricacies of a collective bargaining agreement that I’m never going to understand, but a 50-50 split of total revenue between the players and owners as well as a 50-50 split of total operating income between the owners and themselves seems like a pretty fair deal to me.
Discussions about owners and players dividing up millions and billions of dollars are understandably both confusing for those following them and infuriating for fans who just want to watch professional basketball again, so I offer this chart of the hypothetical revenue sharing system to benefit all parties involved …
|Delonte West opens up about weapons charges||09.21.11 at 11:14 am ET|
Celtics free agent Delonte West is an enigma. His blue collar approach on the court endears him to Boston fans, but his strange YouTube videos and the weapons charges from two years ago keep us guessing.
Well, thanks to a tremendous profile of West by SLAM’s Tzvi Twersky, we now have answers to at least a few of the questions that stemmed from that latter incident. For the first time, the two-time Celtics combo guard explains his side of the story on the the day he was arrested:
Tucked away in his fully finished basement, West’s studio is his sanctuary. Off limits to children, the sparsely furnished wood paneled room is his home within his home. All of that’s why he thought it was the perfect stash spot. Everything was fine — the guns remained safely hidden — until, on the night of September 17, feeling unusually tired, West went to his bedroom pretty early, took his nightly dose of Seroquel (a drug that treats bipolar disorder) and got in bed. Shortly after falling asleep, he was startled awake by shouting.
‘Ma Dukes came running upstairs into my room, cursing me, saying she wanted all these MFers out of my house,’ recalls West. ‘I came to like, What’s going on? I was already on my Seroquel trip. A few of my cats had found some stuff in the studio and they were living the whole gangsta life thing — guns in the air and this and that,’ continues West. ‘And I said, ‘Oh my God. What the fuck are y’all doin’ in here? Y’all got to go. Momma ain’t on that. Kids are running around upstairs. It’s time to go.’’
Gassed up from the commotion, West decided it would be prudent for him to relocate the guns to an empty house he owned nearby. So, with his other vehicles blocked in by guests’ cars, and expecting it to be a short trip, he haphazardly loaded up his Can-Am and placed the weapons in a Velcro-type of bag — ‘not a desperado, hardcase, gun-shooting-out-the-side type case’ — and set off.
‘I’m on the Beltway, cruisin’,’ West says, voice high, emotional and inimitable. ‘Soon I start realizing I’m dozing in and out. I open my eyes and I went from this lane to that. I’m swervin’, and by the time I wake up, I’m about three exits past my exit.
‘There’s this truck flying beside me –‘ West pauses; this next part is crucial — ‘and I’m scared to death. So I seen an officer coming up and I try to flag him down. I pull up next to him. He slows down and I get up in front of him. I tell the officer I’m not functioning well and I’m transporting weapons. ‘¦ The rest of the story is what it is.
‘I’m not proud of it,’ concludes West, ‘but it looks way worse than it was.’
That’s the most telling portion of the story, but the entire article is filled with gems on West’s life. Before you read the article in its entirety, here are five quick things we learned about Delonte:
|10 Things I Heard About Celtics VII||09.20.11 at 6:35 pm ET|
On another slow Celtics news day, there’s still plenty to learn about Boston’s green men. Here are 10 more C’s links of interest we discovered over the past few days (‘10 Things I Heard About Celtics’ I, II, III, IV, V and VI) ‘¦
10. Taking time out from practice on the LSU campus, Celtics free agent forward Glen Davis recently traveled to South Portland, Maine to dedicate a pair of basketball courts and speak on behalf of a charitable venture.
The latter event provided us with two dichotomous Davis interviews courtesy of the local NBA affiliate: 1) the awkward exchange in the embedded video between a report intent on asking lockout questions and Davis, who clearly wanted no part of it; and 2) the poignant speech to Day One fundraisers about being raised by a mother with substance abuse problems.
We’ll start on the basketball side. The short of what Davis had to say was “I have no worry,” “Everything will be Ok” and “We’ll be back on the court.” The long of it:
- On the lockout: “The owners and the players are trying to deal with something, and they’ll make sure everything will happen the way it needs to happen. I have no worry. Everybody loves basketball.”
- On the lockout, again: “They have issues. We have to work them out. Everybody wants basketball. With everybody on the same ground, we can work something out. Everything will be Ok.”
- And again: “I think a lot of guys are working out and preparing themselves, but everybody’s at their house or doing something. We’re preparing like there’s going to be a season, and after everything gets worked out we’ll be back on the court.”
- And again: “We’ve got to work things out first. In the meantime, between time, I’m just affiliated with and doing other things, so I’m just waiting.”
Now to the human side. Here are a few touching tidbits from Davis about his childhood:
- On his hometown: “I grew up in a neighborhood where there were drugs everywhere. It was like walking zombies out there.”
- On his upbringing: “I had to face some things that I never could ever imagine that I would have had to face as a young child. I was put in situations where I had to grow up as an adult. I had to realize what life was really about.”
- On finding hoops: “In basketball, that’s where I found the values of life. It’s where I found that structure. It’s where I found that place where I can vent and be me, because I had to be someone else.”
The Portland Press Herald has more from the emotional Davis, who was introduced by Celtics legend Dave Cowens with this: “All the old guys I played with think he really knows how to play the game.”
|Celtics on eBay: Bill Russell’s signed parquet||09.16.11 at 4:03 pm ET|
It’s time to take you into the weekend with the eighth edition of Celtics on eBay. We ask, “Would you pay [a pretty penny] for [current or former member of the Celtics]’ [eBay item]?” Confusing enough? Good. Let’s get started.
We’ve had some pretty hefty landslides in weeks past, but it’s always interesting to find out — for example — that 42 people would be willing to pay $275 for Brian Scalabrine‘s sweat-soaked Celtics practice jersey. Who are these people with that kind of expendable scratch, and how do I hang out with them?
Anywho, this week’s item is pretty straightforward: A 4×9-inch piece of the old Boston Garden parquet floor signed by Bill Russell, the greatest winner in sports history. Now, I’ve got to imagine more people would pay $300 for this than Scalabrine’s skivvies. But who knows? Anything can happen when it comes to Celtics on eBay.
Want to waste more time this weekend? Vote on these overpriced/awesome Celtics items from previous weeks:
|Delonte West has a new nickname: Butterscotch||at 10:42 am ET|
Honestly, I don’t even know how to react to this latest video from Delonte West. Like, not only is Butterscotch wearing some sort of leopard fur Snuggie he calls Cootie Cat, but he’s doling out singles for loosies. Is that what the Celtics will be looking for in their backup point guard? I have no idea. It’s not like the C’s haven’t employed smokers before (cough, Tommy Heinsohn, cough, Dino Radja, cough). Anyhow, at least we got one of Delonte’s greatest quotes of all-time out of this deal: “You come from the sewer baby. You a Ninja Turtle. I’m out.” Genius.
For reference, here’s comedian Kevin Hart‘s NSFW video as alter ego Chocolate Drop to which West refers. Not that any frame of reference can help interpret Delonte’s Butterscotch alias.
And then there’s his new website that greets you with this from Delonte, sandwiched by some evil laughter: “Greetings and welcome to the future. You’ve finally caught up to me. Well, at least you think you have. This world is not what it seems. My name is Two Step, a virtual rep of the infamous. I’ll be your guide as I transport you into the world of the one and only. Please enter at your own risk.”
Simultaneously, West announces his inaugural Celebrity Charity Weekend in his hometown of Washington, D.C. from Sept. 21-25 — promoting what else but health, wellness, athletics and mentorship. He said, “The Delonte West Charity Weekend is about renewing dreams, serving the underserved and making a difference for a community that made the dreams of so many athletes and celebrities possible.”
Like with the whole Home Depot thing, I kind of getting the feeling Delonte is just toying with us and I kind of don’t. Either way, you’ve gotta love him. For more goodness, check out these tracks from his “Lockout” mixtape: “It’s Bout 2 Go Down” and “Mr. Magnificent,” “Livin’ Life Fast” and “M.J. Shwagg.” You a Ninja Turtle. I’m out.
|No biggie: Celtics saving lives and catching crooks||09.15.11 at 12:38 pm ET|
Maybe the Celtics are just too busy saving lives and leading people to tips on America’s Most Wanted to bother with the NBA lockout.
Yeah, that’s the big ticket.
Celtics strength and conditioning coach Bryan Doo helped save a Belmont man’s life with CPR and a defibrillator during a pickup basketball game at Newton’s Hyde Community Center on Wednesday.
“The only part that made me nervous is when the machine said press the button, shock him,” Doo told WCVB TV, adding, “The point is I think anybody could have done it. I think I was there, and it happened to be me.”
Affectionately dubbed “B-Doo” by Kevin Garnett and other Celtics players, he has served as the team’s strength coach since 2003. Doo lives in Waltham with his wife Brianna, daughter Mikayla Jade, his dog Bella and cat Ichiro, according to the Celtics media guide.
Meanwhile, across the country, a Las Vegas man is claiming he tipped the FBI to James “Whitey” Bulger‘s whereabouts three years ago while walking the pier on vacation in Santa Monica after hearing America’s Most Wanted fugitive yell at a guy in a Celtics shirt. Read the rest of this entry »
|Ray Allen, Celtics talk NBA lockout during workouts||at 11:48 am ET|
This NBA offseason of lockout talk has been anything but ordinary, but leave it to Ray Allen to maintain business as usual. Per usual at the end of each summer, the NBA 3-point king is practicing at his alma mater.
As you can see from the embedded video, the Celtics shooting guard knocked down shots on the regular in a shooting drill with the UConn men’s basketball team. And when he finally misses, he’s none too happy.
“I want to show them how to get into the rhythm,” Allen told The Hartford Courant. “the template of being a shooting guard.”
Allen and former Huskies teammate, longtime friend and Celtics commentator Donny Marshall arrived in Storrs, Conn., on Tuesday and are expected to work out with Jim Calhoun‘s team for the next few weeks. UConn alums Rudy Gay and Kemba Walker have also stopped by to practice at Guyer Gym this summer.
While this summer has been status quo for Allen, his fall plans seem destined to be disrupted, as NBA labor negotiations seemingly disintegrated during the latest collective bargaining session on Tuesday.
‘I’m optimistic,” Allen told Connecticut’s Journal Inquirer. “Both sides want to play basketball. Both sides want the same thing, for the game to grow, and to make it better for our fans. I purposely in my mind am expecting camp on the date I would normally expect it. That way, once I get to end of September, my body will at least be in a good place and I don’t have to worry about rushing it if it comes at the last minute.’
Allen’s Tuesday workout reportedly lasted for several hours, after which he spoke to the current UConn squad for more than half an hour and signed autographs for onlooking fans. Then, the 1995-96 Big East Player of the Year spoke to reporters about his impressions of the current Huskies: Read the rest of this entry »
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