NBA commissioner David Stern tonight announced that the first two weeks of the NBA's regular season that was scheduled to start on Nov 1 has in fact been cancelled. Representatives from the league and the players' association met for over seven hours on Monday but it appears that not enough progress could be made to save the entire regular season.
This is a very disappointing result to everyone that loves the game. Unless there is some revelation in the next few days, it appears that both sides may choose to dig in. Stern also said following the meeting that with each passing day there will be further reductions made to the season.
The worst has happened and now all that remains is to see just how bad things can get.
Chris Sheridan was one of the first NBA reporters following the lockout to show any kind of optimism. After today's events, even he is left speechless:
I am disgusted and speechless.
I trusted wise men to act wisely. I believed in common sense prevailing. I think the NBA owners are nuts to go down this road. They just lost a significant percentage of their fair-weather fans.
Idiocy rules the day. How very, very sad.
Not just sad. Stupid.
I will go a step further and include the players in the blame as well. Both sides of the equation showed little to no sense urgency the entire summer and now we are left with real games being cancelled and real money being lost for both sides. It is an example of greed and stubbornness from all that is involved and it makes zero sense.