The ongoing labor crisis in the NBA has started casting its shadow over the training session and the preseason.
What can be termed as a very though move from the NBA, which failed to reach a bargaining agreement with the National Basketball Players Association, it postponed the training camps and wiped 43 preseason games from its calendar.
The training camps were to start on Oct. 3 and the preseason games were scheduled in a week-long session starting on Oct. 9.
We have regretfully reached the point on the calendar where we are not able to open training camps on time and need to cancel the first week of preseason games, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. We will make further decisions as warranted.
With the NBA and the Players Association not reaching any agreement by this month end or Oct. 1, the remaining 71 preseason games starting on Oct. 16 and the main season starting from Nov. 1 will also be hit severely by the lockout.
This is the fourth lockout in the history of the NBA. In the biggest lockout in 1998-99, the NBA had to reduce its whole season to just 50 games, and also had to cancel the season's All-Star Game.