Jeff Van Gundy: ‘Very Few People Care About the NBA Lockout’

Whether you are a Jeff Van Gundy fan or not, you have to admire him for not being afraid to tell it like it is.  Van Gundy is one of the most opinionated figures in basketball and has never been afraid to trash the league that has allowed him to make a living.  Jeff has even been willing to take shots at his brother, Stan, when he feels he deserves it.  At times he can get creepily carried away, but people usually listen when Van Gundy sounds off.

During an appearance on KILT in Houston Thursday morning, Van Gundy laid out a few hard truths about the current labor situation in the NBA.  Here’s what Jeff said about the NBA lockout, as passed along by Sports Radio Interviews via Deadspin.

“You know what I was thinking about today, and even yesterday, is how very few people care about the NBA lockout,” Van Gundy said. “You just don’t hear people talk. If it wasn’t on sports talk or ESPN… would anybody even know? You have to be careful if you’re both ownership and players—that you realize with the economy and so many other options with your disposable income—don’t think it will always stay like it has. It can go the other way.

“This is not football. Football has a stranglehold on America right now, NFL football, and rightfully so. It’s 16 games. If you’re a season-ticket holder it’s eight games, or 10 games with the preseason games, and it’s on the weekend.”

Van Gundy couldn’t be more spot-on with his assessment of the lockout.  The NFL lockout was a constant topic of discussion because people would have been devastated if the NFL season was cancelled.  If the NBA season is cancelled, the overall feeling will be one of mild disappointment.  If the season is shortened to something like 50 games, people will probably rejoice.  The NBA and NBA Players’ Association need the lockout to end more than the common fan.  That wasn’t exactly the case with football.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrea-Cavalli/757338131 Andrea Cavalli

    You said that, overall, unlike
    the NFL lockout, people wouldn’t be devastated if the NBA season is
    cancelled. Well, I for once would be really devastated and so do many of
    the people I know, both in real life and on facebook/forums. Plus, me
    living in Europe, I can attest to the fact the NBA is one of the most
    popular and biggest sports leagues in the world, so claiming that few
    people would care is a flat out lie. Sure, more people were more
    interested to the NFL lockout developments in the States since football
    is the #1 sport there. But, overall, the NBA is far bigger than the NFL
    on an international base, so there would be more people devastated by
    the NBA lockout than you’d like to believe, regardless of what the NBA
    haters like to tell you. I see  people who
    want the lockout to end all the time between real life friends and
    facebook/forums friends.

    Just pointing that out.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    For the casual fan, this is typically a quiet time for hoops and hockey due to the NFL. When it comes to the NFL season winding down and there isn’t hoops, then it will be missed. If the lockout isn’t settled by then, you can probably go to your local YMCA and watch the “pros” have a shooting contest while they call it an exhibition game.

  • Anonymous

    go ahead and cancel the season now please

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I don’t know. Honestly, I knew a lot of people who didn’t care about the NFL lockout. Even here on the site we stopped covering it for the most part until the season started up again. I feel like it was similar. But yes, the NBA is nowhere near the NFL, and it would hurt the sport somewhat if they missed an entire season. Not sure it would be devastating, however.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrea-Cavalli/757338131 Andrea Cavalli