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Jun 30

Let the Lockout Begin

By portjd Posted in: Blazers
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The NBA lockout has officially begun with the NBA owners locking out its players, which is no surprise to anyone.  Will this negatively or positively affect the Blazers?  How long will the lockout last?  Which side is more responsible for the lockout and should give in on some of their demands to reach an agreement?

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  1. The lock-out will do both for the Blazers. It will hinder them in tendering free agencies, and not seeing new prospect in the summer league. It will help individual players that are injured such as Greg and BRoy. and hopeful returned free agents in Joel and Jeff.

    I am not clear if the players are allowed to use the practice facility or not. I realize that any employ of the Blazer organization cannot have hands on practice with the players, but if they are allowed to work out and work on their individual games that would be a plus as far as time goes. I suppose Batum will continue to play in France or at least for the summer, so he is covered. I don't know about the rest.

    Will the Players on their own be allowed to come to one facility to practice together to keep their cohesiveness?

    by Hg on 7/1/2011 4:08 AM
  2. Maybe Comcast will get tired of waiting for a game and opt out of their strangle hold on Blazer games so the rest of us can see more games after the season starts. lol

    by joko on 7/1/2011 5:22 AM
  3. @joke:

    Boy that would be nice.
    I live up in the sticks in central OR and can only use a dish network. Story told.

    by Hg on 7/1/2011 5:56 AM
  4. Hg,

    To answer your question regarding players practicing at the team's facility, my understanding is that players cannot practice at their team's facility or work with the team's coaches or personnel. However, I do not believe the lockout keeps players from training independently with each other. Therefore, if the players want to coordinate workouts, there is no reason they could not work on their games and the Blazers' schemes together with independently hired trainers.

    by portjd on 7/1/2011 8:33 AM
  5. Thank you I got that answer for NBA Access.
    Next question. Does Greg's QO start for one year when the new CBA is started or does it start now. It is for one year not one year on the calander, isn't it?

    by Hg on 7/1/2011 9:14 AM
  6. My understanding is the QO will begin once the CBA starts and teams are able to sign free agents again. It would then end at the conclusion of the season. What I am not sure about is whether the QO would extend to next season if the entire season is lost because of a lockout (which hopefully is not the case).

    by portjd on 7/1/2011 9:35 AM
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