[Paul PCS - NW Washington, D.C. - photo: K. Weidie]
In case you didn’t notice, Saturday, October 1st marked the start of the fourth month of the NBA lockout, and judging from the latest round of meetings that resulted in absolutely nothing, more preseason and possibly regular season games will be cancelled. Still, some players continue to organize glorified All-Star games in intimate venues; other players are contemplating or have made that overseas leap until the lockout ends; while other players find solace in working in their local furniture stores.
NBA fans have exhibitions and a topsy-turvy NFL season to thoroughly distract them until the owners and players reach a resolution. NBA bloggers like yours truly are forced to come up with creative ways to keep their writing chops sharp, and their basketball sites relevant, but we still have “real” jobs to sustain us during business hours.
But I found myself wondering what happens to those NBA beat writers whose job it is to cover a team all year. Sure, there is the occasional fruitless NBA negotiation to report on, but that’s a far cry from reporting about training camp, talking to the head coach about how his players are progressing, and anticipating the upcoming season. And if the season is cancelled or delayed significantly, what do NBA beat writers write about instead?
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Wizards links in bullets with general commentary on the side, and a picture…
[NYC subway transit, E line - photo: K. Weidie]
> Is the NBA destined for a lockout? Why yes, it was. But check out my pre-lockout contribution about the lockout on ESPN’s 5-on-5 anyway.
> I know it’s very old now, but he’s what I wrote for the DCist about the draft and the kiss that saved it.
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It’s not like the Washington Wizards official website was ever a beacon of circus fun where you’d lose hours of your life trapped in an Internet conundrum of entertainment — where food, water, family members, and bathroom breaks have no bearing on quality of life. Nope, it was not like that at all.
And in this post-lockout world that NBA fans find themselves in, buried under the fecal matter of rhetoric from both sides of the aisle? Well, the Wizards website looks a bit different, much worse, and now most aptly compared to the sports fandom of an 11-year old girl (no offense, 11-year old girls).
You see, with this lockout, NBA teams have been required to scrub all images of their players from their http:// (there are legalities involved, etc. — read this report by TrueHoop’s Kevin Arnovitz) — the imagerial evisceration of post-suspension Gilbert Arenas seemed to develop over days, this other thing… overnight (although, after weeks of planning).
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