The first two weeks of the 2011-12 NBA season…
…never to be.
And that may be just the beginning.
According to NBA commissioner David Stern: “We remain very, very apart on all issues. With every day that goes by, there will be further reductions on what’s left of the season.”
Stern apparently expects the players to blink first in this high stakes game of chicken.
Billy Hunter, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, thinks that’s a mistake. Hunter says that no further negotiations are scheduled and added: “Everybody’s waiting for the players to cave. I’m saying that’s going to be a horrible decision.”
Yep. It’s gotten ugly, folks.
What does this latest development mean for the Bulls?
For now, the Bulls lose the season opener in Dallas, a Nov. 2 game in New Orleans, the Nov. 5 home opener against the Hawks, home games Nov. 8, 10 and 12 against the Clippers, Thunder and Kings and a Nov. 13 road date in Washington. Season ticket holders will be refunded with interest.
Though the schedule will be redone now that games have been canceled, the Bulls’ website currently shows the team opening with the difficult annual “circus trip” in Portland.
Well. That would be less than ideal.
On the other hand, with the way things are going, the circus trip will get cancelled too. Which might be the only positive thing to come out of this lockout. For the Bulls and Bulls fans anyway.