Scotty Hopson

by K. Kozla

It has been said that it takes a big man to admit their mistakes.  That when you have challenges laid out before you it is then when you show the world exactly what you are made of and for Scotty Hopson now is that time.

If you have not already read the article by Mike Griffith I suggest you take the time to stop and do so because you will get the time to stop and realize that this is a young man who was faced with adversity, but is not about to give up.

At a time when many others would just throw in the towel, pack it up and simply go home to tend his wounds Scotty is not ready to do that.  The NBA, while watching fears of a potential lockout and coming from the great dance of the draft, is still moving forward.  The teams are still wheeling and dealing and looking at getting contracts for trades and new players in place and now is the time to be capitalizing on that.

Now is not the time for giving up.

Now is not the time to throw in the towel.

Now is the time to show us what you are made of.

Godspeed Scotty.

Scotty Hopson All Rights Reserved

Collective Bargaining & What it Means to You

by K. Kozla

A lot of talk has been going on about Collective Bargaining in sports (both Basketball and Football) and this is something that directly effects the current players, the players looking at getting into the games, the teams and more.  Let’s take a moment to stop and look at exactly what this is.

Investopedia defines corporate bargaining as:

The process of negotiating the terms of employment between an employer and a group of workers. The terms of employment are likely to include items such as conditions of employment, working conditions and other workplace rules, base pay, overtime pay, work hours, shift length, work holidays, sick leave, vacation time, retirement benefits and health care benefits.

But what does that really mean?  It means that one group of people (in this case the player associations for their respective sport) are working as a team to negotiate things for their contracts with another group of people (in this case the NBA or NFL depending on the sport we’re talking about).  Both sides work to come to an agreement that protects the players and the overall sport and without this agreement you get a lock out like the NFL is currently going through.

The NBA could be thrust into that upheaval soon as the Collective Bargaining Agreement (which is sometimes referred to as the CBA) expires 6/30/2011 and if the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) do not come to an agreement there will be a lockout.

Merriam Webster online defines a lockout as:

the withholding of employment by an employer and the whole or partial closing of the business establishment in order to gain concessions from or resist demands of employees

So because the NFL and the NFL Players Association could not come up with a new agreement before the old agreement lapsed there was a lock out and players cannot work at their locations or work as an official team to prepare for the upcoming season.  IF the NBA and the NBPA do not come up with an agreement in the next few days they will be thrust into the exact same situation.  This not only puts the players at risk of losing that important time to get their bodies back to the place it needs to be to play safely at their most optimal condition and cohesively as a team in pre-season.

Both sides of the argument uphold that they are doing this for the good of the sport, but only time will tell if the decisions made by those in the powers that be will actually be so.  Godspeed to the decision makers and those that it impacts on now and in the future.

Day after the draft

Scotty Hopson, Larry Marshall & MarShon Brooks all rights reserved

To say that the NBA 2011 Draft was a night to end all nights is an understatement.  We had two excellent players proudly representing us and while we realize the outcome for both of our gentlemen were not instant results we had hoped for we know that the seeds were planted for two amazing careers to come.

MarShon Brooks was the first round 25th pick selected by the Boston Celtics, but he never got a chance to get use to Beantown because before the night was out he had been traded off to the Garden State and their New Jersey Nets!  The Nets are looking to reorganize their team for the 2012 season and picked up three out of the first round.

While Scotty Hopson was not selected right out of the gate we are confident that the Junior from University of Tennessee will be picked up as a free agent and be a valuable addition to whichever team is fortunate enough to choose the young man with an amazing athleticism.

Godspeed to all of the young men with their NBA dreams.

by K. Kozla