Players union vice president Roger Mason Jr. got some juices flowing with his non-tweet last week that said "Looking like a season." He claimed he was hacked but whatever the case, combine that with the growing sense of optimism and momentum surrounding the labor negotiations and it seems like there's reason to believe a season could be coming.
And did you know: Training camps would be starting in just about two weeks if a season were happening. A lot of players have spent their summer working out, playing streetball or doing something to stay sharp. But training camp really is sneaking up on everyone here, so Derek Fisher sent out a friendly reminder to players telling them to be prepared for a season. Via SI.com:
On the heels of Roger Mason's now-infamous tweet in which the NBPA vice president wrote, "Looking like a season. How u," but later claimed his account was hacked, one league source claims that union president Derek Fisher text-messaged numerous players last week indicating that some progress had been made and imploring them to be physically prepared just in case the season started on time.Some progress certainly doesn't mean enough progress to guarantee a season. But all of this positive talk is much better than the mudslinging, negative rhetoric we were hearing over the summer.
It's common sense for Fisher to remind players to get ready, but if there weren't at least some kind of movement, he probably wouldn't see it necessary to put the message out. Both sides are trying to play all of this pretty close to the vest, but it's inevitable that some of it is going to leak out. But add this to that, to that and that and you have enough reason to really start believing the NBA could settle this labor mess. Fisher sending out texts is just the latest sign of good news.
Be still my heart. Looking like a season. How u.