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Some very good games lost to lockout. Thanks a lot, guys.

Oct 11, 2011, 9:23 AM EST

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With the cancellation of the first two weeks of the season, 100 NBA games went down the drain.

Hang an asterisk on this season — these are games commissioner David Stern said are gone. He said there is no chance of making them up.

But what games are we now going to miss?

How about a great opening-night doubleheader — the Chicago Bulls heading into Dallas on the night the Mavericks raised the banner. Then a battle of generations as the Oklahoma City Thunder faced the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers’ second game was to have Chris Paul come in and test Kobe Bryant. Not any more.

How about the Miami Heat vs. the New York Knicks? Gone. The Orlando Magic taking on the Heat? Gone.

The Bulls start their annual circus trip Nov. 13 — when the circus comes to the United Center and the Bulls are kicked out of the arena for weeks. Which means that if the owners and players figure this out in the next couple weeks and the season starts Nov. 15, the Bulls will be on the road for the first chunk of it.

The more likely scenario is that more games will get canceled and the entire trip will get wiped out. The league is going to do it in two-week increments — it’s more painful for fans that way.

And this is going to be a lot more painful before it ends.

  1. ogre2010 - Oct 11, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    I would like to see those games but they have too fix the problem of the NBA and make it fun/profitable for the players, owners and especially the FANS!!

  2. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Oct 11, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Dallas hanging up a NBA championship banner instead of an NFL one. No wonder the end of the NBA is in sight.

  3. mogogo1 - Oct 11, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    I’m an NBA fan…but even I don’t think most people are going to really miss these games. For many fans, the first they’ll likely notice the NBA being gone is if the games on Christmas Day don’t happen.

  4. vikesfansteve - Oct 11, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    The NBA regular season is way too long. The post season is even worse. The conference finals & NBA finals are the only games that will be missed. Just like when hockey missed the whole season & baseball cancelled the W.S. People don’t even remember that anymore.

  5. worldbfree4me - Oct 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    These guys had better get it together. This happens to be the only sport in America that actually wouldn’t be missed. I mean the average Joe Smoe could go out and start up a league of his own at a neighborhood rec near you and play ball all year round. Football and Baseball are another story, but basketball (too many insignificant games) would not be missed. But I digress, last season was a season to be remembered, a lot of plots and sub plots to be sure and Vegas has it all wrong. All this goodwill that was built up will vanish as fast a $2 Bill if both the players and owner’s don’t stop playing around no pun intended!

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