Well, its official: David Stern has announced that he has officially cancelled the first two weeks of the NBA season. Raise your hand if you saw this coming
Despite meeting for about seven hours today, and a similar amount of time yesterday, the Union and the League’s representatives failed to reach an agreement with the beginning of the season on the line.
Following the meetings Stern simply stated that the “The gap is so significant that we just can’t bridge it at this time”.
The cancellation means that at the earliest, we would see the season begin November 15th, which cancels a number of exciting games, as Ian has already pointed out. For fans of the league the cancellation of the first two weeks of the season effectively kills any and all excitement that would have carried over from last year’s landmark season.
Now that games have officially been cancelled, don’t be surprised if we continue to see more games axed at the hands of the lockout. The owners are seeking some big changes to the economic system that the player’s union just isn’t willing to concede at the moment.
When asked about the lost games, NBA Players Association chief Billy Hunter responded by saying “I’m convinced that this is all just part of the plan,” implying of course, that the owners have planned on using the loss of games to their advantage to get the deal they want. At this juncture, the owners hold all the cards; with every paycheck the players miss, the league gains more leverage.
Regardless of who is to blame, we all lose. The more games that the lockout claims, the more us die-hard hoops fans will suffer.
So I urge you all to prepare yourselves; get used to watching old games on NBA TV and highlights on YouTube because it could be a few months before we see another game of basketball played in the NBA.
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