Is the NBA Headed for a Lockout?
(The Grio) — While it isn’t talked about with nearly as much intensity, the NBA is about to venture down the same slippery slope that the NFL is crippling itself with. Later this summer, NBA owners will likely lock out the National Basketball Players Association, putting a damper on a postseason that the league is touting as the most exciting playoffs potentially in years and placing the league in the untenable position of eventually having to restore an image that has never been exactly pristine. While there is no Michael Jordan — the last NBA lockout actually forced his second retirement — the NBA’s postseason is laden with storylines. Can the hated Miami Heat coalesce in the playoffs and win the title? Can Kobe Bryant earn his sixth world title and in the process lead the Los Angeles Lakers — already trailing the upstart New Orleans Hornets 1-0 in their first-round playoff — to a threepeat? Or might the newly aligned New York Knicks, with Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, in the playoffs for the first time since 2004, make a surprising run (one that really might inspire New Orleans guard Chris Paul to eventually cast his lot with the Knicks and make it a legitimate multi-championship winning threat).