Five reasons NBA lockout is met with apathy

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Five reasons NBA lockout is met with apathy

The NBA lockout has generally been met by apathy and not anger. That should worry the commissioner, owners and players, quite frankly.During the NFL lockout this summer, it seemed fans were upset, and they wanted their game back. That sentiment may have helped create further impetus for the sides to make a deal. The NBA is having its offseason lockout and very few, except those involved in the game and the hardcore, seem to be troubled.Here are five reasons the lockout is not resonating with sports fans:

1. NFL and MLB on center stage: Pro football just started and the Major League playoffs are right around the corner. Those are going to occupy the fans' time, energy and attention. The NHL is also further along in its season than the NBA is. The fact there are NFL and MLB games going on right now means even fewer people will tune into what's going on labor-wise in the NBA.2. Still offseason; no sense of urgency: Some casual fans might not even know the NBA is in a lockout. Who really knows that the Las Vegas Summer League was canceled or that training camps might be? Most people couldn't tell you when training camps start. Plenty of casual NBA fans don't even pay attention till after Christmas.3. Foregone conclusion -- half the season will be missed: Despite all the reported ups and downs during the negotiations over the past few months, the reality is that a large segment of fans are resigned to half the season being missed. Why? Because that's the picture that's been painted, whether owners or players intended to do that. Everyone knows there was a 50-game season during the previous lockout in 1998-99; and everyone knows the sides are further apart this time -- more than they were last time.4. Payback for the Summer of Excess: It is true that by the end of the season, the NBA had gained some momentum with a Dallas-Miami Finals and an intriguing playoffs that included San Antonio, the Lakers and Celtics all getting taken down. But the league is still paying a price for LeBron James' Decision and what was perceived as last summer's overindulgence during free agency.5. Billionaires vs. Millionaires doesn't cut it: During the NFL lockout, there seemed to be a subtle subtext: The disagreement was over how best to split up the money. In the NBA lockout, there seems to be the perception that both sides want more. That's the same thing, you say? Perhaps. But it's a perception the NBA is fighting.

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not repeat as the NBA All-Star Game's 3-point shootout champion. 

In need of 19 points, Thompson managed only 18 -- that allowed Kemba Walker to advance into the semifinals. 

Houston's Eric Gordon had the high score of the first round. He went on to win the championship -- besting Kyrie Irving.

Thompson has made 182 3-pointers this season which ranks him fifth in the league. 

Draymond Green defends Kyrie Irving: Earth 'may be flat'

Draymond Green defends Kyrie Irving: Earth 'may be flat'

Kyrie Irving became a hot topic at All-Star weekend when the Cavs star point guard said he believes planet Earth is flat. No, really, he did

And it looks like Irving may not be alone. Speaking to the media Saturday, Draymond Green made it known he may be a flat-earth truther too. 

"I don't know. I haven't done enough research, but it may be flat," Green said

For those calling Irving's theory of a flat earth crazy, Green is looking at it in a much different way. 

"I wouldn't necessarily say crazy though," he continued with. "It's just his opinion. It's hard to call someone's opinion crazy, that's what he thinks. 

"Who’s to say that picture [from NASA] is telling the truth? I can make a round picture with my iPhone today, on the panoramic camera, and make it look round. So, I don’t know. I’m not saying I think it’s flat or round, I don’t know, but it could be.”

Green didn't say definitively that the earth is flat like Irving did, but he sure wouldn't say it's round.