Basketball's version of the Royal Wedding

The NBA lockout has claimed another victim - yours truly.

Normally this is the time of year an NBA writer will start preparing for the upcoming season, picking up the phone to interview various insiders about the moves that have reshaped things around The Association.

Not this year.

Both sides seem entrenched and hunkered down for a serious fight over a new collective bargaining agreement. The owners feeling they have to repair a "broken system" with a Tea Party-like platform, rein in spending to allow the lesser franchises a better opportunity to compete both on the court and in the financial ledgers.

The players, on the other hand, not surprisingly like the previous CBA and point to the NBA's ever-burgeoning revenues as proof it works, claiming a tweak or two on the revenue sharing side and some common sense from the owners would cure all the league's woes.

The 2011-12 season is still scheduled to tip off a day after Halloween but most feel Kobe and Company will be home to hand out the Kit Kats this year. At least the ones that aren't off in a far away land, moonlighting while waiting for common sense to take over.

That leaves scribes like me scrambling for story ideas and there are certainly worse things in the world than taking a look at Kim Kardashian.

Kim, of course, is one of those new breed of celebrities that are famous for nothing more than being famous and in her case, really, really fetching.

On Saturday, Kardashian and New Jersey Nets power forward Kris Humphries officially tied the knot in front of 500-plus invited guests in a ceremony with a price tag of $10 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Of course, celebrity has its perks and much of that cost was covered by a number of side deals, including an exclusive contract with People Magazine to publish wedding photos, said to be worth $1.5 million.

Humphries has certainly come a long way since I first saw him play at Hopkins, Minn. High School back in 2002. The guest list featured Demi Lovato, Avril Lavigne, Lindsay Lohan, Mario Lopez and George Lopez while Wolfgang Puck catered the lavish affair.

According to Usmagazine.com, the couple wrote their own vows with Kris "talking about how he loved Kim's hustle and work ethic."

Most of us would have started the vows with one of her more famous attributes but I digress.

The happy couple is now off to Bora Bora for the honeymoon.

For the rest of us Bora Bora is a dream. One that's only a bit more far- fetched than NBA basketball right now.