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IC Cold Links: NBA Missing Real Games And Real Opportunity To Grow

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The NBA owners have an incredible product and talent in their hands to offer the basketball-loving public, but they just can't figure out how to deliver it. After negotiations with the players broke down yesterday and commissioner David Stern cancelled the first two weeks of the season, it seems like all of the hopeful progress reported over the past couple of weeks has vanished and left us back where we started, with the owners jonesing for a hard salary cap and an NFL-style, level playing field.

In the end (this will end eventually, right), the Indiana Pacers will likely benefit as much as any team from the system changes, but they along with the league will be hitting the reset button on the young, exciting league that created quite a stir last season. 

The talent level across the league is insane right now, stockpiled with fabulous young talent drafting behind unreal talent with players that are just hitting their prime years. The Indiana Pacers have some of that talent, as well with an opportunity to add talent to join Danny Granger in his prime years and help bring along Paul George, Darren Collison and the other young players on the roster.

The Pacers weren't looking to this summer to make all of their moves for the future, the free-agent market just isn't that strong, but they were going to be able to make strides in that direction. But now the team can only hope some form of a season is salvaged this year and if so, the new system rules may indeed speed up the process of building a better team.

But until then, out of sight, out of mind.

After the jump, some tons of great links with super reports expressing a ton of frustration.