Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  50 responses

UPDATE: NBA Postpones Training Camps, Cancels 43 Exhibition Games

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

UPDATE: The League has made it official this morning: “NBA POSTPONES TRAINING CAMPS FOR 2011-12 SEASON, CANCELS 43 PRESEASON GAMES.”

Some preseason games have also been axed: “In addition, the league canceled all preseason games scheduled from October 9 through October 15. ‘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,’ said NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver. ‘We will make further decisions as warranted.’”

Thursday’s high-level labor meeting between reps for NBA team owners and players produced little else but more doom and gloom from both sides.

To make matters considerably worse, reports from multiple media outlets (including the League’s very own official website) indicate that the NBA will announce the cancellation of exhibition games and the first two weeks of training camps — which were all slated to take place in early October.

The announcement is expected at some point today. Yahoo! Sports reports:

After failing to make progress in collective bargaining talks with the Players Association, NBA commissioner David Stern will formally cancel the first two weeks of training camp and exhibition games in October after a call with league owners on Friday, NBA sources told Yahoo! Sports.

“No announcement to make today,” Stern said, “but the calendar is not our friend.” A league source told Y! Sports on Wednesday that the league was prepared to announce the delay of the preseason by the end of the week if no progress was made in Thursday’s meeting. Silver said the sides hope to meet again next week. The NBA’s training camps were expected to open Oct. 3 and six exhibition games were scheduled for Oct. 9. The league is expected to cancel exhibition games through Oct. 15 on Friday and then re-evaluate the final two weeks of the preseason on Oct. 1. The scheduled Nov. 1 start to the regular season also is in danger of being postponed.

This labor war will only get nastier, if the latest reports are to be believed.

According to ESPN, the owners want players to get a significantly smaller portion of basketball-related income (BRI) going forward: “Under the previous agreement, which expired July 1, the players were guaranteed a minimum of 57 percent of basketball-related revenue would be spent on salaries. In negotiations, the players’ union had offered to reduce its percentage to as much as 54 percent to accommodate the owners’ contention they lost $300 million last season, with the stipulation that a mechanism would be instituted to reward the players if future revenue increased. The league offered players 46 percent of basketball-related revenue, 11 percent less than they received in last deal and seven percent less than [the] last proposal by players, a league source said. Owners agreed to try to come up with a mechanism to solve their issues without adding a hard salary cap before the next meeting, according to the source.”

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  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Is that a David Stern lockout beard?

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    David Stern looks so evil in that picture(not really but he’s still evil)

  • bull22

    YMIR’s ghost, the frost beard is back.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    F that

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I can’t believe that the owners are leaning towards cancelling the season. I’ll be an NBA fan regardless but it would really grind my gears.

  • dma

    pre-season sucks anyways. however this is yet another positioning tool by the owners i think?

  • SwissArmyKnife5

    Oh well I’ve already reserved NBA2K12

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    When I saw this I literally slumped in my chair and walked around in a daze for the next five minutes. I knew it could happen, but the reality sinking in was tough. Why can’t they just split it 50/50 ffs.

  • seriousblack

    Um Slam, where is my comment?

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Couldn’t help but hum the ominous “duh, Duh, DUHHHH” melody that accompanies every dramatic entrance by a villain in cheesy movies or sarcastic comedies (Devin Banks of 30 Rock fame does a particularly good one)
    They really are gonna waste all that goodwill and interest they built up over the last few seasons.

  • zach

    Bulls22, JTaylor, Nbghey, and the rest of the slam weirdos will probably jump off a bridge if the season is wiped out. Let’s hope it is! :D

  • http://sajkflf.com Jukai

    I’ll jump too buddy. This sucks.

  • Bojangles

    This cat Stern is a bad mutha…Shut yo mouth!!!

  • smooth


  • http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/deeply-embarrassed-white-people-talk-awkwardly-about-race/Content?oid=9747101 Allenp

    According to CBSSports the owners are requesting that the players take less than 49 percent of the BRI. They don’t even want a 50/50 split any more. Crazy.


    NBA SUX COX !!!

  • MikeC.

    Stern is serious. When it’s time to really get gritty and grind, Stern busts out the beard. When things are great (ex. 1985 draft), he busts out the pimp stache.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    zach will jump too. He won’t have anything to read, or anyone to hate or act like he is better then. weirdo out

  • http://slamonline.com/ Abe Schwadron

    Stern going all Sean Connery from Finding Forrester in that pic.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    If it ends by the end of January, like the 1999 one did, I’d be alright with it.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Seriously, wat is tha big problem that no one can make a deal??? This is bs at its finest

  • bike

    What I wonder is what Greg Oden thinks about all this.

  • zach

    Nbghey: better than, not better then. Got it?

  • Fat Lever

    We all know how this is going to play out. The PA is going to accept a deal that is worse than the current deal, sometime in the future, then gripe about how they got shafted. Oh well.

  • Niyagirlfresh

    Fighting over money and losing money at the same time it doesn’t get any better than this, greed is a hell of a drug. Basketball was trying to get people back into it like in the past, now with this season possibly being lost because these peeps can come up with a damn solution (excuse my French ladies, gentlemen and children). Hey why don’t they use the NFL as an example? Same situation but they came to some type of reasoning.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/670447-dwight-howard-and-andrew-bogut-a-tale-of-two-2011-all-nba-defensive-centers nbk

    Nope. I’m better then caring about which vowel to use. You clearly understood. That’s all that matters. Now back on your high horse

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The easy rule is “than” when talking about amounts, and “then” when establishing order of occurrence.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/670447-dwight-howard-and-andrew-bogut-a-tale-of-two-2011-all-nba-defensive-centers nbk

    doesn’t matter to me. I’m not proof reading my comments, I would have used the correct term on a paper, but I’m no longer in school, or doing anything important regarding grammar, I’m arguing about basketball. People need to get over themselves (not you Allen, talking about people that inherently think they are smarter then everyone else, because of irrelevant sh*t like a comment section on a basketball website)

  • MikeC.

    I’m more smarter than all y’alls.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    None of us know each other in the real world, so no one can say ish about anyone on here.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/670447-dwight-howard-and-andrew-bogut-a-tale-of-two-2011-all-nba-defensive-centers nbk

    well they can say whatever they want, but it says more about them then whoever they are talking about. I used to be one of those people, and I was a confrontational douchebag, both online, and off.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I hate all of you.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I love all of you.

  • http://Slamonline.com Rocksinmypants

    I neither love nor hate any of you

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher


  • hicksy_4

    i’m australian and love nba basketball wtf aren’t the owner’s and player’s meeting everyday till it’s settled not once a week do they seriously care or what?

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I heard that hicksy_4; I’d gladly sacrifice seeing Bogut/Mills live if it means the NBA starts on time.

  • http://slamonline.com Neitel#2

    #BasketballNeverStops and i will cop that 2K12!

  • Yesse

    That’s alot of cancelled games.

  • EJ


  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    I love u too LakeShow

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Guile Theme Goes With Everything.

  • Stevie


    When we have 82 games, everyone says the season’s too long and there should be fewer games.

    Now we have fewer games and people are annoyed?

    Veteran teams know the regular season doesn’t matter anyway – why should a tear?

  • Stevie


    When we have 82 games, everyone says the season’s too long and there should be fewer games.

    Now we have fewer games and people are annoyed?

    Veteran teams know the regular season doesn’t matter anyway – why shed a tear?

  • Stevie

    “shed a tear”

  • Thomas

    I know this is inevitable but why do I still feel so lousy….

  • zach

    Stevie Smith frm Fulton is a punk a**

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    U feel lousy cus that reality just set in. U always knew it could happen, but now its happening

  • Brar

    I had a dream that the lockout ended last night. Seriously, it was the best dream ever.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    -Triple lock down bonus Kudos -
    @Brar – I had a dream like that too last night!!
    I dreamt that I formed the FANS ASSOCIATION OF THE WORLD, sent out an email to every fan, got signatures from 4 million people or so and then set up a news conference calling the owners and players to pull their collective fingers out and called them to account. It was the best dream I ever had. I represented everyone of you guys and every fan in the world and it was better than one of those s3x dreams….