All in all this looks worrisome for the NBA. I am certain we are going to have a shortened season. I would like to think the NBA won't hurl themselves off the cliff and cancel the entire season over this situation, but I am afraid they can and will. The owners seem hard-line about getting a deal done on their own terms, and now we're hearing all these stories of players signing deals in Europe, including Kobe Bryant going to Italy.
I wonder if these owners and players really understand what they are doing. They threaten to marginalize their own sport in the USA and reverse years of work building up the NBA. Frankly, with all the other sporting alternatives out there including the NFL, the NHL, college football and the like, I don't think most regular NBA fans will miss the NBA for months. Already it's clear that in hockey-mad Canada, nobody misses them at all right now.