Considering their lame-duck status in New Jersey, the Nets would prefer the
In a perfect world, the Nets don't have to bother with another game in front of sparse crowds in Newark. By contrast, the team that least benefits from an extended lockout is the
Remember, that clock is ticking, with each of the three eligible to opt out of their contracts in the 2014 offseason.
Celtics need the rest
The Celtics stand to gain the most from an extended lockout. Though it's somewhat cliche to say older teams prosper from rest, it certainly applies to the Celtics' Big Three.
But in a shortened season and with a veteran team, Garnett can still be effective. Garnett,
Along those lines, the Heat benefit the least from a lengthy sitdown. Part of the Heat's success is their ability to channel dislike into an us-against-the-world mentality. This dynamic gets muted in a shortened season.
A prolonged lockout could deliver a one-two punch to the Magic and the city of Orlando beyond the labor dispute's universal cost: depriving game-night workers and local businesses of badly needed income.
Central Florida residents also worry that the 2012 All-Star Game, scheduled for
The only teams that would benefit from a prolonged lockout are those that stood to lose the most money by playing games in 2011-12 under the old CBA.
Depends on the length
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If the games start by December, the schedule will resemble the pace of a normal campaign. So, advantage to older blue-chip teams: the Mavericks,
If the regular season doesn't start till February, that means playing about 50 games in 90 days, including back-to-back-to-backs. So all the elders on the teams listed above won't have enough