NBA keeps going about its business as if nothing is wrong

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We all had a good laugh when the NBA released its schedule last month. We circled the games on the schedule we wished we were going to see, all with a nod and a wink knowing there was little to no chance of that schedule, in an unaltered form, taking place.

Then the preseason schedule came out and more jokes. It was all part of the league’s negotiations and public relations ploy.

Now we get this interesting little note from Frank Hanrahan of CSNWashington.com.

I even got my Wizards media credential application for the 2011-12 season. But I’m not counting on seeing pro basketball at Verizon Center anytime soon as the players and owners are far apart on reaching a new collective bargaining agreement.

In theory, when the owners and players start meeting next week, they could reach a deal in time to salvage the entire season. Both sides give lip service to not wanting to crush the momentum of last season.

But the two sides are so far apart, that unless both the owners and players start taking huge steps toward the middle — and really, we all know basically where the middle is and where the ultimate deal will likely fall — there are going to be games lost. And that schedule and those passes will be useless.