Report: NBA owners, PA planning to meet in August; Some thoughts on Canada Basketball

- July 27th, 2011

According to SBNation.com the NBA and NBAPA plan to hold their first bargaining sessions since the lockout within the first two weeks of August.

That’s good news, but nobody should realistically expect much to come of it. There will be a lot of posturing and not a lot of progress, based on past history. Talks will probably be more substantive in September.

Meanwhile, the league scrapped its rookie orientation program where rookies learn vital information about adapting to the league.
It was scheduled for Aug. 9-11 and will try to be shoehorned before games – if any are played – start.
- How to sum up Canada’s 62-point loss to France? Two things: Canada doesn’t have enough talent to compete against solid, NBA-laden teams like France if its best players aren’t going to show up.
2: The way Canada parachutes players in and out of the program and barely ever has the whole team together significantly hurts the team. Budget issues are a major reason why this happens, but the fact is, a week or two of training camp isn’t going to cut it against teams that have been playing together for years – some since youth ball.
And if top players don’t even want to commit to a short training camp and a few games, it’s hard to see them signing up for the much-needed longer camps if they ever become a reality.
- Canada is going to look a lot better when Joel Anthony and Carl English join the team, but again, they will be thrown in without a lot of time to blend with the rest of the group. At least both have been involved in the past.
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