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Although there has been very little forward movement in the NBA lockout, there have been a number of thoughtful pieces aimed at injecting common sense into the mess created by the league's owners and players.
First, here's the latest from the NBA lockout: the National Basketball Player's Association — now a trade association — has filed antitrust lawsuits in California and Minnesota. The NBA has hired high-powered attorney David Boies, who filed both suits. The lawsuits are filed on behalf of plantiffs (NBA players such as Carmelo Anthony, Caron Butler, Leon Powe, Kevin Durant, etc.) against the defendant, the NBA. An initial hearing for one lawsuit was set for Feb. 29, which goes to show how lengthy this process could be, although it's certain that Boies will get any and all court dates moved up.
In the meantime, the NBA and the "trade association" are busy firing off letters to judges and letters disputing the validity of one another's claims. There is much risk in the move the union/trade association executed. Technically, every NBA player — LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitski — is free to be signed by any NBA team. The union now no longer exists, which means the previous contracts have dissolved along with the union. Obviously, the belief is that once this labor negotiation is settled — however it's settled, and however long that takes — the players will re-form the union. Also interesting is that the end result of these antitrust lawsuits, if they are followed through to the bitter end and won by the trade association, would be something called treble damages. Although tremendously unlikely, if the NBA were forced to pay treble damages, the league would likely be bankrupted.