Plaschke-Simers video: Will the NBA lockout hurt the sport?
The NBA owners and the NBA Players Assn. can't seem to come to an agreement on how to split their fortune. Will both parties' apparent greed disgust fans and turn them off from the sport?
Times' columnists Bill Plaschke and T.J. Simers discuss the topic in their video series, L.A. Loud, moderated by Times sports reporter Melissa Rohlin.
Simers laments that L.A. is beginning to feel like Sioux City, Iowa, without any major local sports team to follow right now.
Plaschke points out that the average NBA salary is about $5.1 million. When the players start missing paychecks, they'll come back, he says. During the negotiations, he suggests, he and Simers should go hand-in-hand to a Kings game.
Simers is not thrilled about the prospect -- for more than one reason.