NBA cancels first two weeks of regular season


NBA cancels first two weeks of regular season

With the NBA owners and players failing to reach anagreement on Monday, commissioner David Stern announced that the first twoweeks of the regular season have been cancelled.The sides met for more than seven hours at a downtown NewYork hotel but were unable to reach a deal.It will be the first time since 1998 that the league hasmissed regular-season games because of a lockout. The owners locked out theplayers on July 1, and despite periodic meetings since that time, the two sideshave been unable to reach an accord.Sterns announcement means that the NBA will not play an82-game schedule this season.The most significant sticking point remains basketballrelated income (BRI), and how the owners and players will split that revenue.BRI is essentially all the money that the NBA generates.Under the previous collective bargaining agreement, theplayers received 57 percent of BRI. They have agreed to reduce that amount to53 percent, but the owners are said to be insisting on a 50-50 split.Those three percentage points represent approximately 120million.There are other areas of disagreement between the sides length of guaranteed contracts, addressing the various exceptions, andpossibly implementing a more punitive luxury tax.Said Stern: We remain very, very apart on all issues.The NBA cancelled 464 regular-season games in 1998-99 andthe All-Star Game -- and the season didnt get underway until early February.That year each team played a 50-game schedule.Both sides met for more than five hours on Sunday night andagreed to continue dialogue on Monday afternoon.

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Kevin Durant's status for Monday's game in Philadelphia remains up in the air.

The Warriors forward, who missed his first game of the season on Saturday, is listed as questionable for the team's game against the 76ers.

Prior to the game against the Nets, head coach Steve Kerr told the media that Durant's left hand was "still a little swollen" and called the injury a "day-to-day" thing.

Without Durant, the Warriors still managed to cruise to a 112-95 win over Brooklyn.

Durant injured his left pinky in the opening minutes against the Clippers on Thursday. He remained in the game, but late in the first quarter, he retreated to the locker room with a member of the training staff.

He returned to the game after X-rays came back negative. He played 34 minutes and finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.


Report: Bogut expected to join Cavs after 76ers buyout

Report: Bogut expected to join Cavs after 76ers buyout

It appears Andrew Bogut is set to see what the view is like from the other side of the NBA's top rivalry.

Traded by Dallas to Philadelphia on Thursday, the former Warriors center will receive a contract buyout from the 76ers and then join the Cleveland Cavaliers for the stretch run, according to ESPN.

On Saturday, the Cavs, Spurs and Rockets were all reported to have interest in Bogut if he was made available following a buyout.

Injuries have derailed Bogut's season. He appeared in just 26 games with the Mavericks this season and averaged 3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1 block per contest.

Bogut was part of the two Warriors teams that faced the Cavs in the last two NBA Finals matchups.

Bogut's tenure with the Warriors came to an end on July 7, 2016 when he was traded to Dallas in order for Golden State to clear salary cap space to sign Kevin Durant.