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The Starting 5: Is Another Lockout Coming Soon?

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The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet 

1. Set the NBA lockout countdown clock. Again. – Tom Ziller, SB Nation

The business side of the NBA often doesn’t sit right with fans, and in Ziller’s recent article, the business side couldn’t be more depressing. After the NBA had a lockout in 2011, many fans thought that a potential bargaining dispute would at least be out of their hair for a while. But after a recent quote by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, some are beginning to speculate that it may be sooner than later. Ziller is one of these people, and he uses Silver’s explanation regarding some NBA franchises not profiting as his evidence.

2. John Wall Comments on New Contracts, NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement – Tim Daniels, Bleacher Report

With free agency settling and the draft well and over with, it’s been a bit of a dry spot for NBA blogging. But fortunately for NBA fans, Bleacher Report is on top of every single rumor. Recently, John Wall made comments regarding the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. He said that due to the CBA, he’s making the same amount of money as point guard Reggie Jackson. Due to his tone, he felt that he deserved more, and that members in the league getting contracts at this point should be considered lucky.

3. Mark Cuban and Steve Ballmer ‘cleared the air’ over the DeAndre Jordan fiasco – Dan Devine, Ball Don’t Lie

At this point all basketball fans are aware of DeAndre Jordan‘s decision to go against his verbal agreement with the Dallas Mavericks and return to the Los Angeles Clippers. But aside from the perspective of the fans, there’s the owners’ perspective, as well as the players’ perspective. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was frustrated to say the least, but a recent encounter with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer caused for a stir of media to stay the least.

4. NBA free agency won’t and shouldn’t change because of DeAndre Jordan – Sean Deveney, Sporting News 

The perspective of many surrounding the DeAndre Jordan free agency saga had been reported. But for the first time, NBA commissioner Adam Silver spoke on the drama that occurred. Silver explained that he felt the plot twist made the NBA look bad, but also explained that he doesn’t see any way around it. NBA free agency procedures won’t change, and Deveney also believes this sort of drama shouldn’t allow things to change.

5. David Blatt: Adjusting to the NBA tougher than I thought – Will Gibson, Waiting For Next Year 

As a rookie head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers, David Blatt had a nearly perfect first impression. Leading the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals as a rookie makes that certain. But in a recent interview, Blatt explained that coaching in the NBA is way harder than he ever imagined. As a well known coach in Europe, Blatt explained that he had different luxuries of working out players while overseas. In the NBA, everything is much more difficult.

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