Now for the hard part: the NBA lockout

Even the national debt ceiling differences look solvable next to the NBA's issues

Originally Published: July 28, 2011
By Roy S. Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

OK, that was easy.

Pretty soon, that's how we're going to feel about the NFL's collective-bargaining minidrama -- and maybe even the mind-numbing wrestling match between POTUS and Congress over the debt ceiling -- relative to what's going down between the NBA and its players.

I try to be an optimist. (Otherwise, why would I have been a New York Knicks season subscriber for nearly 20 years? Don't answer that.) So despite the feeling in the pit of my gut that the 2011-12 NBA season ...

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