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Reports: NBA will cancel two more weeks of NBA season Tuesday

Oct 24, 2011, 11:08 PM EDT

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The good news is that the league isn’t pushing back the start of the season indefinitely, it looks like just two more weeks. Of course the point of missing two more weeks is to make sure the players miss a paycheck and feel some real pain.

Well, maybe that’s not good news.

Multiple reports (the New York Daily News was first) now have the NBA officially canceling two more weeks of the season on Tuesday. All games through Nov. 28, the games through the weekend after Thanksgiving, will be called off.

The first two weeks of NBA games — 100 games in total through Nov. 14 — had already been canceled by the league after talks had stalled out previously. The new cancellations would mean that 202 total games (about 16 percent of the season) would be called off.

This second cancellation will hit the players in the pocket books. Players get paid on the 15th and 30th of the month during the season, which means their first paycheck was to be Nov. 15. There has been a faction of owners that from the start have wanted to drag this out and make the players miss paychecks and feel pain. The players know this and some countered in recent years by requiring their payments be spread out over a year. Still, this will hurt a lot of players.

NBA Commissioner David Stern had said a couple weeks back his gut was that if a deal wasn’t worked out with a federal mediator he thought there would be no games on Christmas. Those talks blew up in an ugly fashion last Thursday, and the two sides have not met since, nor are any meetings scheduled.

It’s far too early for the league to cancel Christmas games, which are a huge showcase for the league and the first games on national broadcast television. It’s a showcase day that is scheduled to feature a finals rematch of the Heat and Mavericks, as well as the Lakers vs. Bulls.

Optimists around the league still think we will see those games, but there are fewer and fewer of those around. They are becoming an endangered species.

  1. jbraxton3rd - Oct 25, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    Welcome to the real world. Now NBA players know what it’s like to not have a paycheck, a feeling many average Americans are experiencing. But somehow I don’t think they’ll get much sympathy.

    • florida727 - Oct 25, 2011 at 8:26 AM

      9 hours after posting this story by Kurt, I’m only the 9th person to post a comment about it. Sort of wish the owners and players would read Kurt’s articles and see the comments being made. Granted, most of the 9 hours was overnight, but doesn’t 9 posts in 9 hours kind of show how apathetic the fans are about their so-called ‘problems’. What does it tell you, owners and players, that people don’t even care enough to voice their displeasure? Trouble dividing up $8 billion? Sympathy will only be found in a dictionary, boys.

  2. behaviorquest - Oct 25, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    Please cancel the entire season and all the seasons after that. These poor examples are nothing but over paid street thugs that are a poor example to all inner city kids. They act like the pimps and gangsters they are. They treat women like slabs of meat. They are the worst example for out kids

    • generalsandman - Oct 25, 2011 at 7:59 AM

      Too generalize like that is such ignorance. There are so many players who obtain college degrees, contribute to their communities, and volunteer that impact children. If you look at any profession, you will have your villians/bad apples. But you shouldn’t include everyone who plays in the NBA as thugs, pimps, or womanizers. You also have fathers, husbands, and sons who do the right thing such as Dwight Howard, Ray Allen, Loul Deng, Derrick Rose, Tyson Chandler, DWade, etc. These are just a few NBA players who invest in low-income areas by building gyms, homes, playgrounds, read-a-thons, etc. What bothers me the most is that a lot of folks agree with your ignorance.

      • Kurt Helin - Oct 25, 2011 at 2:25 PM

        To generalize about NBA players makes someone’s misplaced hate seem easier to them. It’s a sad fact of the Internet.

  3. btldriver - Oct 25, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    WHile I have no problem canceling the season, those people who rely on the season for employment are screwed. The owners and players really don’t care about anyone other than themselves and I hope there is some serious backlash from the fans. If either one really cared, they would get to playing b-ball, continue discussions and make whatever comes of the talks retroactive to the beginning of the season.

  4. hoodriddance - Oct 25, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    ^so much ironic ignorance in that comment

    • hoodriddance - Oct 25, 2011 at 8:57 PM

      Apparently my iphone wasn’t showing all my comments when I posted this. This was meant to be @behaviorquest complaining about NBA players being pimps and gangsters. The real gangsters are the owners, and the players are being pimped. Not that I wouldn’t mind being pimped for their salaries.

  5. asublimeday - Oct 25, 2011 at 3:09 AM

    Screw em all. They play us like pawns and fools. I’ll keep my money this year, thank you.

  6. hannahfontana - Oct 25, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    The fans need to organize and let the NBA know that if this season is cancelled, the fans go away forever.

    The NBA doesn’t own basketball. If the NBA dies, it will be replaced.

    Time is running out.

  7. trbowman - Oct 25, 2011 at 4:20 AM

    Woohoo! Go (small market) owners! Lock them out till you get a good deal!

  8. denverdude7 - Oct 25, 2011 at 5:47 AM

    The NBA owners should send a very loud and clear message right now and simply cancel the entire season.

    I saw all I needed to see on ESPN this very morning. A player I didn’t recognize appeared to show up for contract negotiations that will affect the entire league for years to come dressed in a red hoodie.

    You have got to be kidding !!!

    I know times have changed. But, to me, and I suspect quite a few other people, this conduct shows a lot of disrepect not only to the owners and other players but clearly illustrates the atmosphere of these talks.

    This type of behavior is not tolerated by any business let alone negotiations of this magnitude. Buy a suit man. I’m thinking you’re not THAT broke yet.

    • savocabol1 - Oct 25, 2011 at 7:33 AM

      That player you didn’t recognize? It was Kevin Durant. Wow.

  9. wheresdapuck - Oct 25, 2011 at 6:10 AM

    Most of the players are just thugs! These thugs have turned off the traditional basketball fan which of course now follow colleges hoops more closely. Just as well to cancel the whole season!

  10. mjschriner - Oct 25, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    If they miss a payment on one their Ferrari’s it might hurt their credit rating.

  11. spunjmunke - Oct 25, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    If they were to cancel the entire season I’m pretty sure that my life will go on as normal. The ONLY people I feel bad for in this labor situation are the local business owners and employees who’s businesses depend on the fans coming to see the games. The players and owners can all go pound salt for all I care.

    • crambow - Oct 25, 2011 at 12:24 PM

      Spot on. I, too, feel for the ambitious people who count on those 41 (or more) games that equate to an additional 4K to 8K+ of, most likely, sorely needed income. The trickle down will affect some in ways we can’t place ourselves in but for the same amount one trip up the court for what a superstar makes takes some of these service people all season to make.

      Look, no one is saying you need to pay the nacho cheese scooper person or the parking lot attendant huge salaries but a little compassion for the missing Christmas gifts or the late electric bill they may endure is part of the reality you millionaires are creating while quibbling over unthinkable dollar amounts.

      Nefarious Bank Accounts

  12. thetooloftools - Oct 25, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Good. I hope they keep the players out until they wake up. THE OWNERS MUST GET THIS RIGHT and the players feel entitled. Why don’t the players play real loud gangsta rap, smoke the room up with dry ice, and come up through the floor on hydrolic lifts. That will put the fear of God into those owners… as soon as they stop laughinig. The NBA made the players… the players didn’t make the NBA. The league should consider gettting replacement players as I would really enjoy players playing REALLY HARD, and playing defense. I have no problem with playing without the “Superstars”. None at all and will pay to see it too !

  13. 8man - Oct 25, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    No one cares and the players don’t get it. And for you season ticket holders, look at this as an unexpected monetary windfall.

    Shut the whole thing down now and tell the players you’ll talk to them in March.

  14. diablos67 - Oct 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Wait…the NBA is on strike. oh my…

    More on the point. Just cancel the entire season. We don’t care. Frankly Basketball, Hockey, and Baseball are things we watch to fill the empty space between football seasons.

  15. jeffro33 - Oct 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Great for College Hoops. Its a better brand of basketball anyway.

    Any chance we can move March to May Madness??

  16. missamyg - Oct 25, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    I agree with behaviorquest. In addition to his comment (nothing but over paid street thugs that are a poor example to all inner city kids. They act like the pimps and gangsters they are. They treat women like slabs of meat. They are the worst example for ou[r] kids), I add the pure selfishness shown by this entire league to all the small local businesses and individuals who count on these games to support their families. If there is just too much money to split up here how about knocking a few dollars off the fans contributions? That way maybe a family can go and enjoy a game?

    It took years for folks to come back after the last strike (1998-1999). Maybe this time it will be permanent and these spoiled brats (players and owners) will have to deal in the real world with real world money. Go away. If these folks think they have the country held hostage, think again. I lived through the last one, I will live through this.

  17. mgscott - Oct 25, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    All those die hard NBA fans in Miami are going to be angry.

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