I mean, it is a reasonable question. Not like any ranked player in the league would need unemployment to survive during this year’s lockout, but it is interesting to know whether or not they would be declared eligible. After all, they are unemployed. According to Sports Illustrated, a spokesman for the N.C. Employment Security Commission said the following:
“The answer right now is no, NBA players would not be eligible for benefits, mainly due to [the] fact the NBA season is not in session. There is a reasonable expectation on the players part that they may play once the seasonbegins.”
Hey. It was worth a try. But, saying that there is a reasonable expectation on the players part that they may play once the season begins is a stretch. What part of players’ actions shows that they expect to play at the beginning of the season? Is it Deron Williams jumping ship as soon as possible to ink a deal in Turkey and taking a picture of it?
Or might it be every other big star in the league saying that they are not shunning the idea of playing overseas? Maybe it is just the pessimistic side of me rearing its ugly head, but neither one of those things screams optimism when it comes to the NBA season starting on time. Fans are already starting to figure out their alternative sports’ schedules in light of the wide gap between the owners’ and the players’ association during negotiations.
Everyone is smiling on the outside, but we all understand the inevitable. We may experience half of a season at best so look out for your local NBA superstar at your nearest Unemployment Office coming soon.