With the possibility of a full NBA season hanging on Tuesday's labor talks, the players union decided to bring in the big guns, which include Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett. (ProBasketballTalk)
The bringing in of NBA stars — plus about 10 NBA owners — shows the seriousness of the talks. Although, every time these talks have had more than just a small group in the room, things have gone poorly. Including last week.
Last week was when Dwyane Wade made it known that he was not the child of David Stern and the players' mass exodus almost occurred. Last week was also when both sides said that talks were good yet no progress was made, which seems a little oxymoronic to me. Today appears to be the make-or-break day in terms of saving the entire 82-game regular season.
So why not bring in a calming influence in the person of Kevin Garnett? Calm is basically KG's middle name, isn't it? It's not like he gets incredibly intense at everything he does. Can you picture him sitting at the negotiating table, sweat pouring down his bald head and saliva blowing out of his mouth with every exhale while he mumbles profanity after profanity to himself in the heat of battle? Picture it. I dare you.
But in all seriousness, this is the time for both sides to have all hands on deck. The season's on the line and neither side wants to start losing money. Just get a deal done.