The NBA lockout is creeping ever closer to the midnight deadline. While basketball fans are up in arms about this development, the players are apparently prepared for a long-lasting lockout.
Almost half of the players in the NBA this past season, give or take 200 of the world's best basketball players, will continue to receive paychecks through October according to Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times.
Players apparently asked to have their salaries spread out over a 12-month basis, and considering the current economic climate, the team's were probably more than happy to oblige.
It's difficult to read too much into this newly-reported development considering that it probably promotes a more responsible way for the players to handle their money regardless of it being a lockout year, but the fact that half of the players will continue to receive paychecks probably won't make them too eager to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement that isn't in their favor.
Either way, it looks like the lockout might be in it for the long haul.