Topic: Lockout

September 24, 2012

With the NHL locked out for, let's say, forever, the league's foremost leaders of men will have to find new ways to pass their time. These are probably not those, but considering this question may be the last hockey any of us get for some time.

March 10, 2012

Ricky Rubio will miss the rest of the season, and for some reason, we just can't cope. 

January 27, 2012

The Timberwolves forward tried to make thing easy. He ended up a lightning rod.

December 6, 2011

Bad contracts, the poisons that contaminated the NBA, were largely responsible for the lockout. They became emblems for David Stern’s “broken system” rhetoric. But there’s no way these contracts would exist without the fans asking for them. 

December 4, 2011

Reaction to the end of the NBA lockout has been couched in the either/or terms of fan elation (or revulsion). Did the lockout do irrevocable damage to the league's brand and bruise up David Stern's legacy? Or, was  this abrupt resolution, at nearly the exact point where yearning curdles into resentment, was perfectly timed to cash in on pent-up enthusiasm?  The more realistic response, is one of ambivalence.

November 17, 2011

This was not how it was supposed to go. Not at all. My first piece for The Classical should’ve been about something like The Rise Of Monta Ellis instead of a mewling whine-fest about The Seemingly Permanent Absence Of My Favorite Sport That I Am Now On The Hook To Write About Because You Guys Gave Us A Lot Of Money To Start This Site.  But I’m not the one locking out the players, so this is where I’m living right now.

November 13, 2011

Today’s stars may look up to him, but Jordan isn’t interested in being anyone’s mentor. He’s mostly concerned with making sure none of them approach his accomplishments.

November 11, 2011

For many years there were two NBA video games that battled for supremacy each fall: the NBA 2K series from 2K Sports, and the NBA Live series from EA Sports. Each franchise had fans, but there was no clear winner — no Madden, as it were. This proved healthy: both publishers were driven to innovate in an attempt to capture whatever unclaimed market share existed.

November 10, 2011

The status of players-as-proletariat has been one of the key ironies of the lockout, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed: one of the most echoed complaints about the whole affair has been that “billionaires are telling millionaires they make too much money.”