The NBPA was supposed to hold a regional meeting on Sunday and Monday, but late Saturday, word came from Yahoo! Sports that the Sunday meeting was canceled? Hope for a last-minute negotiating session? No, silly rabbit. Negotiating is for grown-ups! This is a finger-pointing contest now. Or another type of contest I won’t define. So what happened?
From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:
Just to read in between the lines, there, the superstars in Miami for the charity game wanted to change the schedule for the entire membership, so they did.
SI’s got a little different version of the same, but the reality is still this. The NBA intends to cancel games. The players will not buckle to avoid games being canceled. We’ve hit as far as they’re willing to go at this point and it’s time for the real pain to set in. Just like Melo said after the exhibition in Miami Saturday night:
“Theyre going to cancel the first two weeks of the season,” Anthony said. “Well see what happens then. If they want to lock us out, lock us out. Were going to stick together.”
The trenches have been dug. Barring a miracle, the 2011-2012 NBA season will not be 82 games.