After five hours of negotiations betweens owners and players, NBA commissioner David Stern announced the cancellation of the first two weeks — 100 games in total — of the NBA 2011-12 regular season. From the news report on the NBA’s website covering Stern’s dictum,
Stern said both sides are “very far apart on virtually all issues. … We just have a gulf that separates us.
“With every day that goes by, I think we need to look at further reductions in what’s left of the season,” he added.
“I started out by saying I’m sorry to report, and I’m sad to report that we’ve canceled the first two weeks,” Stern said. “We certainly hoped it would never come to this. I think that both sides worked hard to get to a better solution. We think that we made very fair proposals. I’m sure the players think the same thing. But the gap is so significant that we just can’t bridge it at this time.”
Derek Fisher, representing the Players’ Association, countered with the following statement,
“This is not where we choose to be. We believe we have made more than a reasonable and fair approach to this ordeal. This is a big blow to our fans.”
For the Bucks, the league axed tilts at the Bradley Center with the Knicks, Pacers, and Suns. Road dates with Spurs, Bobcats, Nets, and 76ers were also cut. The revised schedule is now set to begin Nov. 16 in Minnesota, but further cancellations hinge on the pace and progress of the labor discussions.
Reaction among the Bucks players on Twitter was mostly quiet, save for the teams top two stars. Andrew Bogut made a few tweets related to the lockout, including a note about those non-owners/non-players hurt by it.
He also noted that he would be staying in Australia and retweeted a few of Steve Nash’s thoughts.
While Jon Brockman and Luc Mbah a Moute stayed quiet on the matter, Larry Sanders apparently got coaxed into a brief verbal spat by a Twitter troll.
Brandon Jennings just sounded sad about the whole affair — echoing the thoughts of a lot of the NBA fans tweeting last night.