Yearbook, July 1: The NBA lockouts begin

July, 1, 2012
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Grant HillAP Photo/Michael Pugh, Sprite
July 1, 1998: Be thankful, NBA fans. Sunday marks the start of free agency -- as opposed to last year, when July 1 brought a lockout, or 14 years ago, when July 1 ... also brought a lockout. The 1998 version ate 32 games for each team -- twice as many as the 2011 incident -- and forced players such as Grant Hill and Tim Duncan to get creative (in commercials, anyway) as they tried to fill their time.
Patrick Dorsey works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).

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