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.
“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.
November 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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