Reports of progress turned out to be a myth. After seven hours of discussion, David Stern came out of the NBA labor talks to announce that "I'm sorry to report ... that the first two weeks of the season have been canceled." Stern said the two sides remained "very very far apart."
Derek Fisher agreed, emphasizing that missing any games puts the season in jeopardy. "This is not where we choose to be," he said. "We're not at a place where a fair deal can be reached with the NBA."
The Nets' official schedule has already been updated. As of now, their season would begin Nov. 16 in Oklahoma City, and their home opener would be Nov. 21 against Golden State.
Gone are home games against Detroit, Milwaukee, Dallas and Minnesota, as well as road games at Washington and Miami.
- NBA cancels first two weeks of season - Brian Mahoney - AP
- Stern cancels two weeks over labor impasse - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
- NBA cancels first two weeks of season - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
- NBA players frustrated by game cancellations - Marc J. Spears - Yahoo! Sports
David Stern hints more cancellations ahead as NBA wonders what's next - Chris Mannix - Sports Illustrated
NBA season can still be salvaged, but quick resolution is unlikely - Ian Thomsen - Sports Illustrated
- NBA cancels two weeks, earns self-inflicted wound - J.A. Adande - ESPN
- Sheridan column (with video): Misplaced optimism explained - Chris Sheridan - Sheridan Hoops
Winderman: Time to learn from NBA's lockout mess - Ira Winderman - NBC Sports
Labor issues throw NBA schedule into flux - Fred Kerber - New York Post
NBA cancels first two weeks of regular season - Agence France Presse