I realize this post will be met with a fair share of I dont cares, but its tough to see any good coming from Tuesdays meeting between the NBA owners and players.
Seems almost certain the sides wont be able to come to any kind of agreement. Forget about the actual chasm between the sides for a minute, it just seems like there are too many other factors at play.
Like Does anyone else feel like a lot of NBA players just now realized they were getting blown out by the owners? It seems apparent and somewhat understandable that the players have become more interested in the details of the deal now that games are in jeopardy.
And they really dont like what theyre finding out that the owners want it all, or darn near close to it all.
Secondly, the fact that six prominent agents implored their clients in an e-mail not to ratify a contract that doesnt meet certain criteria almost none of which seem likely to be met is a real bad sign.
Plus, dont forget there is still no tangible urgency for the owners to begin to get conciliatory. Sure, the regular season might be delayed or some games might have to be scrapped, but push doesnt really come to shove until were talking about losing a whole season.
And Im convinced there are still enough owners out there who are willing to do that. Maybe they wont be willing to do it down the line some, but right now I think they are.
Thats why I see Tuesday being all bad for the NBA. Lets hope Im wrong.
Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.
On Friday morning, the Warriors announced that Draymond Green is going to play on Friday night against the Pelicans.
After shootaround, Draymond talked about the left knee strain he sustained on Tuesday.
"It didn't lock up. I tweaked it. I was concerned. I honestly thought it was my meniscus. It was a big relief," Draymond told reporters in New Orleans. "The next day when I woke up, the pain was a little better.
"As that day went on -- once I got the MRI, I got it early - -and then I went and got treatment and it felt a lot better.
"I hadn't even got the results but I was pretty confident at that point."
Draymond sustained the injury late in the third quarter against Houston and did not play in the fourth quarter.
He registered nine points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before exiting.
UPDATE (9:40am on Friday morning) -- Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala will play tonight against the Pelicans, the Warriors announced.
The Draymond Green injury scare appears to be nothing more than that.
One day after undergoing an MRI test on his left knee and finding no structural damage, the power forward practiced with the Warriors upon arrival in New Orleans Thursday afternoon.
Green was immediately upgraded from doubtful to probable for the game against the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center.
Forward Andre Iguodala, who missed the season opener Tuesday, also is on track to be available. He participated in practice Wednesday and agains Thursday in New Orleans and was upgraded from questionable to probable.
Meanwhile, forward Omri Casspi, was downgraded from questionable to out. After spraining his right ankle in the preseason finale last Friday, he sprained his left ankle in the season opener.