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NBA officially cancels games through Dec. 15

Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:21 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 5:35 am
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lcokout

The news was implied, assumed and the announcement, given recent events, is a formality. Nevertheless, the NBA officially cut another portion off its 2011-2012 regular season schedule on Tuesday.

Yahoo Sports reports that the league "informed late this afternoon [Tuesday] games through December 15th have been cancelled, a front office executive says."

103 games will be lost during this span. 

NBA commissioner David Stern had targeted Dec. 15 as the start date for a 72-game regular season in the league's most recent proposal to the National Basketball Players Association, delivered last Thursday. Stern has made regular reference to "the calendar" determining the cancellation schedule and has stated that the league needs one month from the date an agreeement is reached to have sufficient time to begin its season. The NBPA rejected the NBA's proposal and issued a disclaimer of interest, disbanding the union and threatening to take the labor impasse to court.

The New York Post reported last weekend that the NBA had modified the schedules on its website to remove all games from Dec. 1 through Dec. 14.

Tuesday's cancellation represents the third cancellation of games in two-week increments. The NBA has now canceled a total of 324 regular season games. On Oct. 28, Stern announced the cancellation of all games from Nov. 15 to Nov. 30. On Oct. 10, Stern cancelled the first two weeks of the NBA regular season, spanning from Nov. 1 to Nov. 15. On Oct. 4, Stern cancelled the NBA's preseason.
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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:13 pm

NBA officially cancels games through Dec. 15

December 15th of 2012 might not even see NBA basketball. It's that bad. There's no reason to think common sense and sanity will prevail before or during the litigation process, which could drag on for years (the lawyers will see that it does). This whole process has been the antithesis of common sense, compromise, sanity, intelligence, and self-awareness. Why would anything change?

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:12 pm

NBA officially cancels games through Dec. 15

I "Believe" and will be a "Witness" to the cancellation of this season. Maybe we can a few corny commercials of KoME and MEbron taking 5 steps with the basketball for a season ending slam dunk that reads "Game Over"

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:04 pm

NBA officially cancels games through Dec. 15

Who Cares shut it down already,i'm tired on hearing about it everyday!!!!

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:56 pm

NBA officially cancels games....forever hopefully

The NBA news just keeps getting better and better and better!

Shut it down- board it up- FOREVER!

The NBA is a collective ship of fools that hopefully sinks to the bottom of the ocean!

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:53 pm

NBA officially cancels games through Dec. 15

I think the problem with the college game is you have too many coming in for their 2 years and bolting. All the arguments about letting a guy earn his living not withstanding both the NBA and College seemed to be more fundamnetally sound games then.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:49 pm

NBA officially cancels games through Dec. 15

A more complete thought.- I was refrring to the 1 and dones comment that we see happen all too often today. Back in the Jorden Era, and Magic and Birds before that we saw a much more complete player arriving at the pro level. The Kids that stayed 4 years then turned out ok too. There are too many to list.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:45 pm

NBA officially cancels games through Dec. 15

I was referring to his comment of 1 and dones. You would have to agree we saw much more players develope in that era, no?

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:43 pm

NBA officially cancels games through Dec. 15

SHotkart the best atheletes already choose football and baseball over basketball if that is their skills set. I have not seen many that have had a tough time deciding which sport was the one they individially excelled at. There have been cross over from baseball to football and football to baseball but never either to basketball. By the end of high school most kids are going to college on the scholarship doing the sport that their skillssets have the best shot of succeeding. A whole lot of that depnds on natural gifts such as height, speed, cat like eye/hand coordination, bulk with uncanny agility or a lightning bolt in the arm. What ever the case most blue chippers know which they are best at and go that direction. The only sport ever effected by what your talking about is pro soccer. geez what is with all of this ,"the sky is falling, the sky is falling!" Take it easy Chicken Littles, it is only a strike. They will be back eventaully, we've seen it before. The fans will come back just the same. They always do!

Vis 20/40 

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:38 pm

NBA officially cancels games through Dec. 15

Though I agree with your sentiment about college basketball being more exciting, both Magic and Jordan left before their respective senior years.

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:35 pm

NBA officially cancels games through Dec. 15

I find myself rooting for the cancellation of games.  Seems good on a number of fronts:

1. The season is too long and expensive, so this is an opportunity to shorten the season and save everyone some money.  In this sketchy economy, that seems like a good thing.

2. My hope is that the NBA will fix itself in order to improve the play of game overall.  The excitement, when compared to a season of college basketball is missing.  These are overpaid players that only care in the final minutes of the game, and have little incentive to excel given that about half the teams make it to the playoffs!  The importance of a regular season has vanished in the NBA.

3. The bad thing is that there are many ancilliary costs and jobs lost due to the lockout.  Since those people are least considered anyways, I fear that greedy owners and players won't care with a lockout or without.

4. Let's hope for a fun NFL post season, and an early start to Spring Training in the MLB!


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