2011 NBA Lockout: Warriors, Kings Await Start of NBA Season

The NBA have officially locked out their players, threatening the entire 2011-12 season. A new Collective Bargaining Agreement could not be reached with the NBAPA, leaving NBA players on the sidelines indefinitely. We'll provide news updates on the labor dispute as well as what Warriors and Kings players are up to in their newfound free time. For more on the Warriors, check out Golden State of Mind. For more on the Kings, check out Sactown Royalty. For more on the NBA Lockout, head over to SB Nation NBA.

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2011 NBA Lockout: Wizards Assistant Wes Unseld Jr. Leaving For Golden State

Even as the lockout continues to throw a wrench in the plans of NBA players, NBA teams are still conducting business throught the summer. The latest news coming out of Golden State Warriors camp is that longtime Washington Wizards assistant Wes Unseld Jr. is leaving his position in D.C. to join the new look staff of the W's as an assistant coach to Mark Jackson.

Son of Bullets legend Wes Unseld, Unseld Jr. has been with the Wiz since he graduated from John Hopkins in 1997, working his way up the ranks from an advance scout to an assistant on former coach Eddie Jordan's staff. After Jordan's departure Ed Tapscott kept Unseld Jr. on his staff, as well as Flip Saunders when he took over in 2009.

Unseld Jr. interviewed for an assistant position with the Lakers after his contract expired at the end of June, but decided to take a job on the bench next to Mark Jackson instead along with recently hired assistant Mike Malone

For more on the W's, head over to Golden State of Mind. 


2011 NBA Lockout: How Golden State Warriors Stay Busy

Like the ending to X-Men: The Last Stand when many mutants received the serum to cure them of their genotypic difference, the 2011 NBA Lockout has transformed NBA Goliaths into everyday people just like their fans. Well, this probably transformation probably won’t be complete until they burn through their millions of dollars in NBA salaries saved up.

The lockout is affecting the Warriors differently and some are making more pedestrian summer plans than others. Depending on pay grade, different Warriors are taking their time figuring out when they’re going to play basketball next. Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that power forward David Lee is planning on hitting up beaches galore, point guard Stephen Curry is enrolling at Davidson to finish his degree, and swingman Reggie Williams, the least financially secure of the three mentioned, is looking abroad for basketball opportunities.

Playing in Europe is not as easy as it sounds as many teams don’t have the financial flexibility to signs players and teams are not willing to restructure their game plans around an American superstar’s talents. In Simmons’ article, the pressures and anxieties of not having a paycheck, indefinitely, makes these players vocation of basketball seem almost as irrelevant if not relics of the U.S. economy like car manufacturing. As much as basketball players say and desire a “normal” life like us, it is hard to deny that they are celebrities. Their height doesn’t help either in blending in. Can we expect some of these Warriors to be working retail, like Landry Fields jokingly did to begin the season?


2011 NBA Lockout: Warriors, Kings Await Start of NBA Season

For fans of the National Basketball Association, doomsday commences at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, June 1, 2011.

Thats right, David Stern and the NBA didn't learn a single thing from the nightmare the NFL is going through and has announced they will officially lockout their players. What this means for the 2011-12 NBA season remains to be seen, but many folks in the know have said it could wipe out the entire season, leaving many a basketball fan out in the proverbial cold during the dead of winter.

Here's a bit from the NBA's official statement:

"The National Basketball Association announced that it will commence a lockout of its players, effective at 12:01 am ET on July 1, until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached with the National Basketball Players Association.    

During the lockout players will not receive a cent of their salaries or be able to use any NBA facilities for any reason whatsoever. Teams are not allowed to negotiate, trade, or sign any players or contracts, nor can they conduct or facilitate any camps, practices, exhibitions, workouts, coaching sessions, or team meetings. NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver stated that the expiring CBA created a "broken system" that caused huge financial losses for the NBA. Here's more from the deputy commish:

'We need a sustainable business model that allows all 30 teams to be able to compete for a championship, fairly compensates our players, and provides teams, if well-managed, with an opportunity to be profitable.'    

Silver has also noted that they have made "several proposals" to the NBA Players Association, which all have proved unfruitful.

Any way you look at it, it's going to be a long summer for the NBA's players, owners, and fans. Hopefully for all parties involved the powers that be can come up with a solution before it gets out of hand.

In the meantime, much like members of the 49ers and Raiders, NBA players will likely remain active in some way or another. The NFL has had teams organizing players-only workouts and at some point I'd imagine NBA players will conduct similar workouts, if only to stay in shape for the eventual return of basketball.

Beyond practice, NBA players will have a lot of free time on their hands. While nobody wants to see players getting in trouble during the lockout, we all hope for the occasional entertaining tale. For that, we'll keep this stream updated with all the comings and goings for the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings. Ideally the lockout will end before any basketball time is lost, but in the meantime we'll be here with news updates.

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