There has arguably never been a better time to get acquainted with college basketball.
On Monday afternoon, the NBA Player's Association rejected the league's latest offer (included a 50-50 split of league revenue) and proceeded to take the initial steps toward decertification of the Player's Association. By serving the league a "disclaimer of interest," players will have the ability to file antitrust lawsuits against the NBA.
That being said, the players' decision further jeopardizes the 2011 - 2012 season that has already seen the entire November calendar of games cancelled.
"We’ve arrived at the conclusion that the collective bargaining process has completely broken down," said Players Union Executive Director Billy Hunter.
NBA Commissioner David Stern responded to what he deemed a bad move on the part of the players by saying, "They seem hell-bent on self-destruction..It’s just a big charade. It’s really irresponsible given the timing of it. The union is ratcheting it up to see if they can scare the owners into something, and that’s not happening.”
The AT&T Center will remain empty of Spurs game indefinitely.
What does that mean for the employees of the AT&T Center? Will Spurs players entertain offers to play overseas? Have we seen the last of Tim Duncan? At what point will Commissioner Stern officially cancel the entire 2011 - 2012 season?
A possible silver lining, albeit unrelated, is that college basketball season tip-offs tomorrow with 24 hours of coverage.
And with the NBA entering its "nuclear winter," college basketball might be the best available basketball for a long time.