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One Man’s Plan, Part II

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — We’re a week into this NBA lockout and there have been countless solutions proffered up by the masses, informed and otherwise, that would supposedly end the misery for us all.

But here at the hideout we’re terribly selective in what we read and choose to believe in. Emotional and knee-jerk suggestions are fine, but when there is little to no chance of it happening in any realm, it’s hard to spend a lot of time dwelling on those sorts of mythical plans.

There is an alternative to some of this labor tomfoolery that has invaded our space and it’s being provided by HT fave and Hang Time Podcast regular Ken Berger of CBS Sports, who continues to deliver some of the most salient commentary where the lockout is concerned. Having already detailed his strategy for bridging the collective bargaining agreement gap via revenue sharing, Berger is ready to share the second phase of his plan for labor harmony. And this time he’s locked in on the salary cap issue:

You are going to see a lot of similarities between what I am proposing and what the NFL already has had. The NFL system isn’t perfect, but there’s a lot to like — starting with, of course, far more substantial revenue sharing. So if we’re taking a fresh look at how the NBA does business, make like ‘Melo and tip your cap to yourself if you know that the first issue that has to be decided is … the cap.

The players want to maintain a soft cap with a plethora of exceptions that allow teams to exceed it. The owners have proposed what they call a “flex cap” with a $62 million midpoint and undefined upper and lower limits. Any salary system with an upper limit is, by definition, a hard cap. And by the same logic, any cap that can be exceeded isn’t a cap at all. I am with the players (and the agents) when they point out that nothing in the current system forces owners to overpay players with multiyear guarantees and the like. The problem is, the tools currently at management’s disposal aren’t giving low-revenue teams a chance.