Even in the swelter of summer, it’s possible to envision — borrowing from that noted meteorologist George Harrison — a long cold lonely winter. Let’s call the roll.
The Atlanta Falcons? Locked out.
The Atlanta Hawks? Locked out.
The Atlanta Thrashers? Long gone.
Isn’t there anybody here left to play our reindeer games?
The Thrashers have rolled north to Manitoba. Some Falcons are tossing a football around on a high school field in Buford. The Hawks just got started doing nothing. Reading from the NBA’s official release:
During the lockout, players will not receive their salaries; teams will not negotiate, sign or trade player contracts; players will not be able to use team facilities for any purpose, and teams will not conduct or facilitate any summer camps, exhibitions, practices, workouts, coaching sessions or team meetings.
How have we come to this? Blame the economy. As an NBA executive