David Stern announced Monday night that the first two weeks of the 2011-12 NBA season would be cancelled. According to various sources and first reported by Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the two sides remain quite far apart of a number of issues and they failed to reach a deal.
This means that the Cavaliers will lose the following games:
- @ Boston Celtics (Nov. 2)
- vs. Toronto Raptors (Nov. 4)
- @ Los Angeles Clippers (Nov. 6)
- @ Denver Nuggets (Nov. 7)
- @ Sacramento Kings (Nov. 9)
- vs. Boston Celtics (Nov. 12)
The two sides will likely continue to meet in the coming weeks in order to save the rest of the NBA season. After the jump are a few quotes from commissioner, David Stern, courtesy of Ken Berger via Twitter.
"Stern: "I'm sorry to report ... that the first 2 wks of the season have been canceled.""
"Stern says owners' proposal would've raised average player salary from $5-$7m/year."
"Stern: Issues on the "competition side" have "separated us greatly."
"Stern says players requested raised of 10.5 pct. And 9 pct."
"Stern: we remain very, very far apart on virtually all issues."
If you're anything like me, you are undoubtedly incredibly tired of hearing about millionaires fighting with billionaires. I had been hopeful that we would not miss any games but as of Monday night, we will most certainly NOT have an 82 game season. Stay tuned for more news and maybe this stupid lockout will end soon.