Well, unfortunately, we have finally gotten to the, expected, time of lost games. On Monday (10.10), after a 6-hour meeting between the NBA and the NBAPA, David Stern canceled the first two weeks of the regular season. Now, if both sides can, somehow, reach an agreement in the near future, the NBA season will begin on the 15th of November.
Below, I have listed all of the games the Knicks will be missing in the first two weeks of the NBA season.
November 2nd – Home, and season, opener against the Miami Heat. This one hurts the most. I would have loved the opportunity for the Knicks to embarrass the Miami Heat on national television.
November 5th – At Milwaukee. Boring….
November 6th – At Detroit. At the very least, the fans in Detroit deserve some entertainment, but with the cancelation of this game, they will not get to see Melo and Amare in Detroit all year.
November 8th – Vs. OKC. Darn. Just like that, we will not get to witness Kevin Durant on the MSG floor unless the Knicks and Thunder meet in the finals. Would have been an exciting game!
November 9th – At Atlanta. Amare is a better max-player than Joe Johnson… Lost an opportunity to talk about it.
November 12th – Vs. Indiana. Thank god this game was canceled – Tyler Hansbrough D-E-S-T-R-O-Y-S the Knickerbockers.
November 14th – At Utah. Well, they have lost Deron Williams, but I would’ve liked to see Enes Kanter play.
Tomorrow, Oct. 18th, the NBA and the NBPA will be meeting, once again. However, this time, they will be meeting with a federal mediator. The federal mediator goes by the name of George Cohen.
Today, Mr. Cohen met with the two sides, separately. These independent meetings will set the table for tomorrow’s, crucial, bargaining session.
Tomorrow is a big day, just like each meeting day has been, because if no deal is reached, Stern will, probably, cancel some more games. It’s encouraging to hear that both sides were making progress at the last meeting before Kevin Garnett showed up, because with a mediator, fairness will be decided by all 400+ NBA players, not by the top 1% of the NBA.
I’m going to stay optimistic and pray that we can get some good news after tomorrow’s meeting. But, then again, tomorrow’s meeting is non-binding arbitration. George Cohen will not be able to force them to agree to anything.
I believe Doug Davis said it best: