Some might say that Ben Gordon is in part a portion of the reasoning for the NBA lockout. The Detroit Pistons guard signed a five-year, $58 million contract a couple of years ago, after all, and then followed that up with a couple of sub-par seasons -- at least in proportion to his salary.
The Pistons guard would still like to prove that he's worthy of that contract though. Unfortunately for the fans, however, Gordon doesn't see that being able to happen anytime soon.
"I think there will be more games missed," Gordon told the Detroit Free Press. "I expect it might be a year or two. I realized that when I was listening to both sides during the negotiations. I think there will be a lot of games missed and more money is going to go down the drain. I'm preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best."
The fact that Gordon mentioned a year "or two" is probably the most discouraging part of his quotes to the newspaper -- and that's discounting his memories of the experience he had as a member of the negotiating meetings last month.
"It just seemed scripted, and they were going through the motions," Gordon told the Free Press. "Sitting there in front of them you could tell they weren't focused on getting a deal. I still don't know the purpose of those meetings."
It's difficult to disagree with Gordon's sentiments considering the meetings apparently didn't accomplish anything, but it's still not fun to read the first-hand account.