On Wednesday, we took a look at a collection of players who, financials aside, might welcome a shortened season more than others. For some players at the end of their careers or coming off long and rigorous rehabilitations, the extended vacation might be particularly appealing.
But some others might not see it that way. Consider the other end of the spectrum: the guys who can't afford to have a major piece of the scheduled lopped off thanks to millionaires fighting over millions. Who are those guys? The 1998-99 abbreviated season offers some lessons.
For one, there's a temptation for players to, let's say, overindulge during vacation and arrive at training camp overweight or out of shape. Shawn Kemp and Vin Baker famously showed up with tires around their waists after the lockout, promptly watching their careers plummet all too quickly thereafter (Baker and Kemp also battled addictions off the court).
Other players might have seen the 2011-12 season as a reclamation project at the end of their careers. But a shortened season would mean fewer opportunities to show that they've still got it with the twilight on the horizon. Everyone hurts from this lockout, but the layoff could be particularly damaging to the following big-name players.
The North Carolina product has always looked slightly overweight in his NBA career, and this recent damning photo from Blazersedge certainly didn't help ease Portland's anxieties.