Post-game Reactions

On the 120th day of the lockout, with renewed optimism for the first time in weeks, negotiations between the players and the owners came crashing back down to earth, forcing David Stern to cancel another slate of games all the way through November 30th:

From ESPN.com, some talk from both sides:

With talks between the NBA’s locked-out players and owners breaking off Friday without a deal, commissioner David Stern has announced the cancellation of games through Nov. 30th and that the NBA will not play a full season “under any circumstances.”

“It’s not practical, possible or prudent to have a full season now,” Stern said.

Stern made the announcement after a third consecutive day of meetings ended without a deal in sight. While the two sides made progress on system issues during talks on Friday, it screeched to a halt when the topic turned to revenues, he said.

Reiterating the league’s offer to go as high as a 50-percent split of basketball-related income with the players, Stern said union executive director Billy Hunter “said that he was not willing to go a penny below 52 (percent).”

“He closed up his book and walked out of the room. And that’s where we are,” Stern said.

No further talks have been scheduled.

The players will not accept a 50-50 split, Hunter and union president Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers said.

“Derek and I made it clear that we could not sell the 50-50 deal to our membership. Not with all the concessions that we’ve granted,” Hunter said. “We’ve got to have some dollars.”

“We feel like we’ve made concessions,” Fisher added. “Right now it’s not enough.”

So with these recent rash of cancellations, what games will the C’s miss?

Eight more games have been cancelled through this more recent slate, giving them 14 overall taken off the docket for the month of November. Here’s the latest dates we won’t be seeing.

November 16 @ Miami 8:00 p.m.
November 17 @ Orlando 8:00 p.m.
November 20 vs Golden State 3:30 p.m.
November 22 @ Washington 7:00 p.m.
November 23 vs Toronto 7:30 p.m.
November 25 vs Milwaukee 7:30 p.m.
NovemberĀ  27 @ Detroit 1:30 p.m.
November 29 @ Toronto 7:00 p.m.

We will have more on these latest set of cancellations and what it means for a prospect of a 82-game season coming up tomorrow.

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  • someguyinsac

    This news blows!

  • James

    Cancel the season! Let's get Dwight in 2012!!!

  • I_Love_Green

    Could've easily been resolved yesterday. This is all so annoying now.

  • Morpheus

    Damn, 2 percent……2 fricken percent.

    • Batman

      Technically 2.5% šŸ™

  • Deb

    I can't believe the players holding ground for 2 percent. The longer they wait, the less they are going to get. Never should have sent Garnett, Pierce and Bryant in to "stare down" owners–I think that Billy is not that very bright. I am a Celtics freak but am disgusted at this point.

    • skeeds

      I think you're very wrong. The only way this might make sence for the players is if they hold their ground right now. Up until games started being cancelled, players where much more affected by the lockout than teams. Right now, with the teams not playing through November, the pressure is really on for the owners. They are losing a huge amount of money compared to the players.

      Not discussing which side is wrong or right, from a union point of view, it would be stupid for the players to back down now.

  • W2.

    Kinda good news…Avery Bradley dropped 20 last night in Israel.