Normally today would be filled with excitement were it not for the NBA lockout. With a marquee double-header on TV showing the Chicago Bulls vs. Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers, while at the same time getting amped for the Indiana Pacers season-opener in Detroit, the hype meter would be very high.
Instead, the SB Nation NBA blogs decided a little black and white color scheme was appropriate since the games mentioned above have been vaporized along with the fun and excitement we should be enjoying today. So the lockout turns much more real today with actual players missing actual games and with it the money they would be paid to play those games.
And instead of game previews to review and box scores to look forward to perusing, we're stuck with lockout new in the links, including NBPA leader Derek Fisher defending himself from a Jason Whitlock report that asserts Fisher is in David Stern's back pocket protecting himself for a future job. Fisher sent a letter to players denying the report and rallying support. Good times.
More links after the jump.
- Fisher denies trying to cut side deal with NBA - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
- PACERS: Caught in the Web Indiana Pacers blog - Ferrell takes experience to front office
- Two Economists Explain the NBA Lockout - The Triangle Blog
- NBA Lockout: LeBron James and the kingdom ruled by knights | ProBasketballTalk
- NBA lockout -- Miami Heat owner Micky Arison fined $500,000 for Twitter comments on labor talks, sources say - ESPN
- Owners have funny ways of cutting costs - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN
- NBA Lockout: Shocking! Owners Want More Cash To Burn - From Our Editors - SBNation.com