Deadlines and Commitments - XXXI

Things start to pick up if you want to watch future Nets play organized basketball games.  Marshon Brooks plays in the Nike Pro-City Tournament again Thursday and in a couple of weeks, fans with a FIBA pass will be able to watch Bojan Bogdanovic play FIBA Eurobasket games live both in London and Vilnius, Lithuania.

Otherwise, everyone is waiting to see how FIBA will rule on the legality of Deron Williams' contract.  As for the lockout, there are no scheduled negotiating sessions, just deadlines for cancellation of games.

July 28 - Nike Pro-City League, Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave., New York, Dyckman/NYAC vs. PDG Queensbridge, 8:30 p.m. (approx.)  MarShon Brooks plays for Dyckman. Ron Artest may play for Queensbridge.

August 4 - Nike Pro-City League, Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave., New York, Dyckman/NYAC vs. United Brooklyn, 8:30 p.m. (approx.)  MarShon Brooks plays for Dyckman.

August 6 - Illinois Hoop Legends for Charities, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL. Expect a lot more media to attend this year and they won't be there to discuss Brian Cardinal's role with the Mavericks.

August 9 - August 11 - Nike Pro-City League Championships - Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave., New York

August 16 - August 20 - London Invitational Tournament, London. Six teams, including Bojan Bogdanovic's Team Croatia, will participate in a six-team exhibition tourney prior to their play in FIBA's international qualifying tournaments. Serbia, China, Australia, France and Great Britain also participating.

August 20 - Reported date of the Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries in California.  The wedding will be taped for a special edition of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians".

August 27 - Deron Williams and Kyle Korver Dodgeball Tournament, Lehi, UT. If D-Will is going to Turkey for training camp in late August, we don't see him leaving before this.

August 31 - September 18 - FiBA Eurobasket, Vilnius, Lithuania.  Bojan Bogdanovic is a member of Team Croatia.

September 8 - Expected date for installation of Barclays Center roofing atop the arena's latticework framing, itself underway.

September 27 - Besiktas opens season with important EuroCup game vs Dexia Mons-Hainaut of Belgium at the BJK Akatlar Turka Cola arena (capacity 3,200). Deron Williams' home debut?

October 1 - NBA training camps will have to be delayed or canceled.

October 4 - Besiktas plays Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the Mons Arena (capacity 3,700) in Belgium.

October 15 - Drop-dead date for losing regular season games. In 1998 lockout, the league canceled the first two weeks of the regular season on October 13.

October 20 - Euroleague opens this weekend. Will any other Nets players be on European (or Chinese) rosters?  Bogdanovic playing for Fenerbahce Ulker of Istanbul; ex-Net Sasha Vujacic playing for Efes of Istanbul.

October 30 - If lockout is over and teams are preparing for an October 31 opening night, this is the day the Nets have to decide on Stephen Graham's contract.

October 31 - Traditional start date for NBA season, the Nets' last in New Jersey.

November 1 - Likely date for D-League Draft (which is done by conference call).

November 7 - D-League preseason normally begins this week, with first regular season games ten days later. D-League schedule has yet to be released.

November 15 - First missed paycheck for most NBA players. Most players are paid bi-weekly and their contracts run basically on the same schedule as the season.  Some players get paid in a lump sum, others on an annual basis, meaning their last paycheck with July 1.

December 4 - Russian parliamentary elections. If Prokhorov's Pravoe Delo party wins 7% of the vote, the party will enter the Duma (Russia's parliament) for the first time and Prokhorov has said he will move his offices to the Duma building.

January 6 - If no agreement by this date, expect the entire 2011-12 season will be canceled

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