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It’s official: NBA postpones training camps, cancels 43 preseason games

Sep 23, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

David Stern Reuters

We all knew it was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier to report.

Especially when you now consider that regular season games will almost certainly be postponed if not lost.

The NBA announced it has officially and indefinitely postponed the start of NBA training camps (that were to start Oct. 3) and has cancelled 43 preseason games, the ones running from Oct. 9 to 15.

“We have regretfully reached the point on the calendar where we are not able to open training camps on time and need to cancel the first week of preseason games,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said in a released statement.  “We will make further decisions as warranted.”

Expect word on the preseason games scheduled for the last two weeks of October to come in the next week or so.

The timing of this makes you think that NBA regular season games are in serious jeopardy.

While maybe it could be condensed a little, it will likely take a month for the league to get up and running after the lockout ends (it took a month after the 1998 lockout). There is a free agency period, condensed training camps and a handful of preseason games to be played.

The regular season is to start Nov. 1. Do the math backwards and you realize that the two sides have almost no time left to make a deal and get the season to start on time. The two sides are not scheduled to meet again although it is expected they will again next week. But if the two sides remain this far apart it’s hard to see how they get a deal done in time.

There are ways to get in the full 82 games if the first couple weeks of the regular season are delayed, but already time is running out.

Not that missing games will really impact the negotiations.

  1. toosano - Sep 23, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Who gives a rat’s ass about the NBA . If there’s a league that the recession has to claim this is the one I prefer to see go.

    • trbowman - Sep 23, 2011 at 2:15 PM

      Agreed. I hate baseball, but I don’t pay any attention to MLB so it doesn’t bother me. I love basketball, but the NBA as a whole and David Stern suck.

  2. acieu - Sep 23, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Three lousy comments in total sums up the apathy fans feel about the NBA. nogas!

  3. fouldwimmerlaik - Sep 23, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Cancel the season! The players need to see how much they are overpaid and how arrogant attitude gets you nowhere.

  4. ocgunslinger - Sep 23, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Really….who cares. Let these overpaid egotistical sit out a year or two and/or play in Europe. We have football and will figure out something else to do Feb through June.

  5. denverdude7 - Sep 24, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    I am very glad to hear the NBA has cancelled some preseason games. Now, they just need to cancel the rest of the games not only for this season but permanently.

    Let these overpaid, overhyped, tattooed bling bearers play in some foreign country.

    Admit it, wouldn’t it be great to see highlights of Bron-Bron getting stuffed by some 5’5″ Chinese guy? Now that would be entertaining.

    Besides, with no basketball games to cover we get more coverage of the NFL and MLB.

  6. toosano - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    The only problem with cancelling the season is that the crime rate will go up.

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