HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – If you’re looking for a mood-booster this week now that the NBA lockout is into its mid-50s in terms of days, LaMarcus Aldridge is probably not the man you need to listen to.
The Portland Trail Blazers star didn’t mince his words when asked about his feelings on the subject. In fact, his blunt response is another sign that things will probably get a little uglier before they get better as the lockout nears the conclusion of its second month.
When asked if he sees even a flicker of light at the end of the lockout tunnel, Aldridge told the Oregonian‘s Joe Freeman that he did not:
“No,” Aldridge said, when asked if there was reason for optimism. “Both sides are pretty (far) off right now. So it’s going to be a while.”
Aldridge, who is the Blazers’ player representative in the NBA Player’s Union, said he does not expect the season to start on time but does believe there will be a season eventually. That said, he is prepared to sit out all of 2011-12 if necessary.
“If that’s what it takes to get a fair deal done, then yes,” Aldridge said.
Aldridge has become so pessimistic he’s joined the growing list of NBA players who are considering playing overseas during the lockout. He refused to go into great detail about what international leagues he’s investigating or what country he would like to play in, but Aldridge said if the lockout drags on he will explore his options.
“I’ve thought about it; it’s a possibility,” Aldridge said. “My agency is looking into it.”
The NBPA is conducting regional meetings this week, in New York (today) and Chicago (Thursday), so there is a chance we will hear more from some of Aldridge’s peers in the next 48 hours.
We’re hoping someone has a more positive outlook on things than Aldridge does, but we’re not counting on it.
Patience, my friends, is the most important virtue at this time.