The lockout has started doing real damage to the NBA’s calendar. The Dallas Mavericks will not be reporting at their usual time. The NBA postponed training camps indefinitely and canceled 43 preseason games because it has not reached an agreement with players. All games from Oct. 9-15 are off, the league said. Camps were expected to open Oct. 3.
“We have regretfully reached the point on the calendar where we are not able to open training camps on time and need to cancel the first week of preseason games,” Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “We will make further decisions as warranted.”
The NBA owners have locked out the players, and little progress has been made in negotiations.
Stern acknowledged Thursday that “the calendar is not our friend” when it comes to keeping the NBA season intact.
The league is at about the same point as when it postponed training camps in 1998, the only time it lost games to a work stoppage. The decision then came on Sept. 24 for camps that were set to begin Oct. 5.
The regular season is scheduled to open Nov. 1, with our defending champion, Dallas Mavericks, hosting the Chicago Bulls. Though both sides have repeatedly said there is still time for a deal that would leave the regular season unaffected.