lockout

Hear David Stern’s Interview Here

Today, David Stern gave an interview with Mike Francesca on New York WFAN radio. In this interview he gave his side of the lockout as well as his threat that the league would probably cancel Christmas games if there is no deal reached by Tuesday.

Here is the link to his interview: http://cbsloc.al/pSUk19

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NBA First Two Weeks Canceled

Union and League to Meet Sunday Night in Attempt to Salvage Season

Howard Beck of the New York Times reports that Sunday night, the owners and players will meet to try and salvage the season. I am very optimistic that progress will be made in this meeting. It seems like in order to get this meeting the players would have had to agree to the 50/50 split but it is unknown whether they have or not. Also it is possible that the sides are going to discuss either things in order to make progress. The season may or may not be saved tonight but I think this could be the miracle that all NBA fans needed. I feel like if the players and owners are going to call this emergency meeting then some breakthrough must have been reached. I am probably wrong but I am keeping my fingers crossed that a miracle happens tonight.

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Roger Mason Slips Up on Twitter

After todays meeting between the NBA and NBA Players Association, the Knicks Roger Mason Jr, VP of the NBAPA, released an interesting tweet…

I think he clearly was trying to send a direct message to somebody and accidentally just tweeted it. I think this is a great sign though. After they met for 5 1/2 hours today, the two sides agreed to meet on Thursday as well. I think the fact that they are meeting at all is a great sign. Whether any progress has been made yet is unknown but it is great to see the two sides meeting. The season is approaching and the two sides need to get a deal done. I am actually surprised they are meeting as much as they are at this point. I thought they would wait till the 11th hour but they are getting some 10th hour negotiating done. In just a few days, I have gone from feeling very pessimistic about this lockout to being very optimistic.

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NBA Schedule to be Released Tomorrow Afternoon


Despite the fact that the 2011-2012 NBA season is likely to be missed the NBA will still release its schedule tomorrow at 2 pm eastern time. Howard Beck of the New York Times says that the Knicks will open versus Miami on Nov. 2 and will play Boston on Christmas Day.

“If the lockout is resolved in time, the 2011-12 season will open with the Chicago Bulls playing in Dallas, against the defending-champion Mavericks, according to ESPN.com.

The Knicks — who will be playing in a newly renovated Madison Square Garden — are scheduled to open play Nov. 2, against the Miami Heat, according to a person who has seen the schedule. The Knicks are also scheduled to play a marquee game on Christmas, against the Boston Celtics.”

Lets just hope there is a 2011-2012 season so we can actually see Amare, Melo and the gang play out a full NBA schedule. I would settle for like a 50 game schedule because at least we would have games but I am praying that we can get a full schedule in. I think the NBA has a lot of momentum right now. Last season was the best season I think the NBA has had in my lifetime, or since I have been watching the NBA closely (since about 2004). It would be sad to see the momentum to the league killed and again I am praying for a full season next year.

 

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