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Hunter: League could cancel Christmas games Thurs

Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:25 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2011 7:23 pm
By Matt Moore 

After the NBPA met Tuesday afternoon, Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher addressed the media. While spinning the tale that the union is united in opposing acceptance of the current proposal offered by the NBA (which, if you track our Buzz post, is not the case at all), Hunter dropped a little bit of a bomb. Hunter said that he heard through "underground" sources that if there is no deal by the league's stated deadline of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the NBA will cancel games through Christmas. 

That's right, it's finally here. The NBA lockout is going to steal Christmas.

It's not surprising, considering the ominous tones David Stern has been giving off for the past month. The league has been cancelling in two-week segments, but with Wednesday's deadline signalling a dramatic turn, whether it's the owners moving back to a much harder deal the players obviously won't accept without more lost games, or the union decertifiying in response to such a move, getting a deal by the end of the month would be nearly impossible. What is most alarming is that signals A. what the union has alleged all along, that the NBA is ready, willing, and in some cases eager to lose the entire season, and they're lopping off larger chunks and B. That's the last milestone we'll likely see before the cancellation of the entire 2010-2011 season. Most analysts have predicted that the league would be forced to sacrifice the entire season somewhere between January 1st and January 15th.

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So if a deal can't be made Wednesday, it's possible the last batch of games before a complete cancellation will be made, and one of the NBA's biggest batch of games will be lost to a lockout that will have sacrificed two whole months of games.

If you're looking for good news... uh... college basketball started? 

Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:58 am
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Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:53 am

Hunter: League could cancel Christmas games Thurs

Don't care, have College ( D-3 ) and HS b-ball to watch !!!   Don't need the Pros any more !

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:27 pm

Hunter: League could cancel Christmas games Thurs

I totally agree DuxFan. After awhile, listening to these millionaires cry and whine about how poor they are well, it gets old. No Christmas games huh? Dayum, guess we're getting a lump of coal in our stockings this holiday season. Sniff, whine, pout, not sure I'll be able to survive it!

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:50 pm

Hunter: League could cancel Christmas games Thurs

Since none of the money the owners are fighting for will go back to the fans in the form of lower ticket prices, they can bite me.  I wont miss the NBA one bit.  When the players and owners figure out how to slice up that huge pie between them maybe I'll pay attention.  But I couldn't care less who "wins" in this battle over money that isn't going to us fans in any way.

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