NBA pushes back traiming camp, cancels 43 pre-season games
The NBA announced today that player training camps for the 2011-12 season have been postponed indefinitely because a new collective bargaining agreement has not been reached with the National Basketball Players Association. Training camps were scheduled to open on October 3. In addition, the league canceled all preseason games scheduled from October 9 through October 15.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: And so the inevitable is happening.
After months of speculation, the NBA went ahead and cancelled training camp and pre-season matches through October 15th.
Bottom line: this is real. Time is running out. And fast.
If there’s a deal to be made, if there’s a season to be saved, then owners and players need to bridge the gap, step off their ideological lines in the sand, and ink a new collective bargaining agreement.
A deal only happens if both sides can claim victory. The owners need something; the players need something. This would let Commissioner David Stern and Union Head Billy Hunter escape a tough situation.
Right now, saving face seems more important than saving the season.
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