5 ways to end the NBA lockout


5 ways to end the NBA lockout

By Justin Aucoin

The big news yesterday came from the NBA which canceled the first two weeks of the regular season. For those wondering what the NBA and the NBAPA have been doing all summer and early-fall, heres a sneak peek behind the scenes:

Great. Well, they have to be getting closer to a deal, right?

"The gap is so significant that we just can't bridge it at this time," said Stern. Both sides are very far apart on virtually all issues. ... We just have a gulf that separates us."

Well, aint that just peaches.

So, is there any hope for the NBA season? Probably about as much as us scoring a date with Scarlett Johansson, somewhere between slim and yougottabekiddingright.

If there is going to be a season this year both sides need to work fast. Time to settle this Wicked Good Sports style.

Choose the BPI via Histriker contest
For those who dont know, BPI stands for Basketball Related Income, which pretty much determines how much players and owners get and split in regards to money. The players currently have 57; the owner want 50. Only one way to settle this with a histriker contest.

The higher each side hits the bell, the higher that sides BPI is. And to make it fun, only the suits can take part no players.

One, two, three, four, I declare a thumb war!

No way either side is manly enough for a full, all-out arm-wrestle.

Baby steps.

Rock, Paper, Scissors
Perhaps thumb wrestling is a little bit too much work for the NBA and NBAPA. Maybe a classic schoolhouse game of Rock, Paper, Scissors would do the trick. Best out of seven.

Were sure this would go fine until Billy Hunter started playing by "Big Bang Theory" rules.

A calming, fun game of Parcheesi
Who doesnt love this game?

Or, better yet:

And if all else fails, nothing says I win like kicking the other guy where it really counts.

Lets be honest, this might be the best way for them to end the lockout. Who wouldnt want to see this?

Webber, Massimino among the Hall of Fame finalists


Webber, Massimino among the Hall of Fame finalists

NEW ORLEANS - Chris Webber and Rollie Massimino are one step from the Hall of Fame.

The career 20-point-per-game NBA scorer and the coach who led Villanova to a stunning upset of Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA championship game were among the 14 finalists unveiled Saturday for this year's Basketball Hall of Fame induction class.

Webber played 15 seasons with five franchises, plus was part of Michigan's famed "Fab Five" group that headlined college basketball in the early 1990s.

"I don't know what I'm most proud of," said Webber, who averaged 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds in his career and was a five-time NBA All-Star. "I'm proud to be in the room with all these great individuals."

Other first-time Hall of Fame finalists include longtime NBA referee Hugh Evans, Connecticut women's star Rebecca Lobo, two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, five-time All-Star Sidney Moncrief, Baylor women's coach Kim Mulkey, Kansas coach Bill Self, and two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich.

"I still can't believe I'm here," McGrady said. "This is not even a dream come true."

Previous finalists returning to the ballot include star point guard and Olympic gold medalist Tim Hardaway, winningest all-time boys high school coach Robert Hughes, Notre Dame women's coach Muffet McGraw, former Wisconsin coach and four-time Division III national champion Bo Ryan and 10-time AAU women's national champion team Wayland Baptist University.

"We are grateful to the 14 finalists in the Class of 2017 for the impact they have had on the game we cherish," Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman Jerry Colangelo said. "To be named a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame is an incredible accomplishment."

Inductees will be announced at the Final Four on April 3. Enshrinement ceremonies in Springfield, Massachusetts are scheduled for Sept. 7-9.

Massimino, now an 82-year-old cancer survivor who is still coaching at NAIA school Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida, is a finalist for the first time. His Hall of Fame hopes have been backed by plenty of current and former coaches in recent months - including current Villanova coach Jay Wright, who presented Massimino with a championship ring from the Wildcats' 2016 NCAA title.

"Some days, we do take him for granted," Keiser guard Andrija Sarenac said. "But then you see him on TV so much, you see all these videos made about him, the movies about Villanova and everything, and it just hits you. You realize that he's a legend. I mean, your coach is a walking legend. With the energy and everything he comes in with, it's inspiring."

Finalists need 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee to be enshrined. Among this year's candidates who did not make the finalist group: Muggsy Bogues, Ben Wallace, Kevin Johnson, Maurice Cheeks, Mark Price, Lefty Driesell and Eddie Sutton.

Former New York Times sports writer Harvey Araton and former Turner Sports broadcaster Craig Sager will be recognized during Hall of Fame weekend as this year's Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients.

"A tremendous honor," said Sager's wife Stacy.

This year's lifetime achievement award recipients are former UConn coach Donald "Dee" Rowe and Michael Goldberg, who spent nearly four decades as executive director of the NBA Coaches Association. Goldberg died earlier this year.

"He bridged the gap between ownership and coaches," said New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, who spoke about Goldberg on Saturday while wearing a bow tie - one of the signature wardrobe accessories that Goldberg donned for years. "He was just such a great guy."

Dombrowski: There's a lot of talent on this Red Sox team

Dombrowski: There's a lot of talent on this Red Sox team

Trenni Kusnierek talks with Dave Dombrowski about the Red Sox clubhouse and their expectations for the 2017 season.