Deadlines and Commitments - XXIX

Normally, we do these once a week or 10 days, but the last few days have changed things (ya think?) so we've updated the calendar with all sorts of information, primarily as it relates to Deron Williams' decision to play for Besiktas Turka Cola while the lockout drags on.

We're relying on Ken Berger's very most excellent story on lockout dates to remember and European hoops sites for EuroCup scheduling information. We've also added the date of Russian parliamentary elections, some milestones for Barclays Center and some other dates. It's unlike any other NBA team. That's for sure.

July 12 - Tahoe Celebrity Golf Tournament, Tahoe, NV. Likely to be Deron Williams first public appearance since agreeing to play with Besiktas of the Turkish League.

July 28 - Expected date for Barclays Center's distinctive weathered steel skin to start going up.

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 17 - August 28 - FIBA Afrobasket, Antananarvio, Madagascar. Ben Uzoh may be playing for Team Nigeria.

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.

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

November 15 - First missed paycheck for NBA players. Most players are paid bi-weekly and their contracts run basically on the same schedule as the season. 

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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