Talking Points: Columbian NBA poll

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What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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OK, this really isn’t a stop-the-presses revelation, but The Columbian’s latest unscientific web poll (see today’s Clark County cover) showed most voters don’t really give a rat’s behind if the NBA ever has a season this year. Only 6 percent of the more than 1,300 votes said they cared. The rest? Not so much.

One commenter on the poll even suggested he’d rather go to a Vancouver City Council meeting than watch an NBA game. That’s brutal.

Unless of course they begin to throw the gavel from downtown.

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Love those long shots.

It’s kind of funny. The justification NBA players have been using in resisting the owners’ proposals is because they want to get a fair deal “for future generations.”

The intent, of course, is to take the spotlight off of their own greed and make it seem as though they are taking an almost philanthropic position. And while it is important to get what you’re worth — especially among the superstars who generate revenue — the longer this lockout continues, the more the players are ruining income for future NBA players.

The league is as popular as it's been since the Michael Jordan era as players such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant consistently spark a national buzz.

But once fans feel that their interests are being neglected for players and owners’ pocketbooks, that will all disappear.

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