NBA lockout update: 2011-2012 Season first 2 weeks canceled

By on Oct 11, 2011 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

Updated: November 6, 2011 5:50 p.m.

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The first two weeks of the NBA 2011-2012 Season have been declared canceled after team owners and players were not able to reach a new labor deal, which could have ended the NBA lockout.

NBA Commissioner David Stern, announcing the
cancellation of the 1st 2 weeks of 2011-2012 Season

Image Credit: ESPN news video

As noted by National Basketball Association (NBA) on Monday, October 10, 2011, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced the cancellation of the league’s first two weeks this season.

Apparently, the announcement came after top negotiators of both sides met for more than seven hours that day to talk about the new collective-bargaining agreement (CBA).

“The gap is so significant that we just can’t bridge it at this time,” Commissioner Stern was quoted on the NBA report, adding that a full 82-game this season may not be played.

“We are just way apart,” Stern added, with the game cancellation the second time in NBA history since the 1998-99 season, also due to labor dispute, in which the season games were reduced to 50.

With this, the NBA opening night which is scheduled on Tuesday, November 2, and all the games until November 14 will be canceled, which added to the previously canceled preseason games.

Nevertheless, basketball superstars including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh expressed hope that the ongoing NBA lockout, which started last July 1, would be resolved soon.

As of this writing, NBA did not mention schedules for future meeting between the union officials and team owners although they are being expected to meet again soon.

Nevertheless, some observers said later that it is likely that more NBA games will be canceled.

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