On Friday, the league announced that it was canceling regular-season games through Nov. 30, wiping out the first month of the 2011-12 season.
"Our games are canceled through November 30, until the end of the month," commissioner David Stern announced Friday afternoon.
The league canceled the first two weeks of the season on Oct. 10. Before that, the NBA canceled all training camps and the entire exhibition season.The NBA locked out its players on July 1, and the sides have been unsuccessful in negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement. Talks broke down late last week and there are no talks scheduled at this time."We share the frustrations of our fans, partners, and those who rely on our game for their livelihoods, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said. We remain committed to reaching an agreement that's fair for both the teams and the players and allows for the long-term growth of our game.
For the Warriors, the first cancellation cost them eight games and this one will, too. It will also cost Warriors fans the opportunity to see the Wizards John Wall and the Hornets Chris Paul at least for now.Here are the canceled games:Wednesday, Nov. 16: vs. PhillyFriday, Nov. 18: vs. WashingtonSunday, Nov. 20: at BostonMonday, Nov. 21: at New JerseyWednesday, Nov. 23: at MinnesotaFriday, Nov. 25: vs. New OrleansSaturday, Nov. 26: vs. UtahMonday, Nov. 28: vs. CharlotteWednesday, Nov. 30: vs. OKC
The Warriors were supposed to open the season with a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 2, at Oracle Arena. But the leagues first set of cancellations took care of that.
Klay Thompson is really good at basketball.
He's been an All-Star three straight years and was named Third-Team All-NBA the last two seasons.
What's the secret to his success? He recently talked about his preparation with CBS Sports:
"My approach to the game is a lot more caluculated now -- as far as getting my rest, recovery after a big workout. Balancing your life is essential; on the court, off the court -- it's huge.
"As a high school player and as a collegiate, I would just kind of show up and play. As a professional, I have a certain routine that is very regimented. If I don't have a gameday nap you might as well chalk it up as a loss for me. I have to have my gameday nap just to get my mind right, get a little rest, maximize your energy for the game.
"Whether it's the arena or the practice gym, we're always there. Don't get to see the light of day sometimes so it's very important for me to get outside -- get some sun, get some fresh air.
"You have to get your mind off the game. I'm really a simple man -- it could be just sitting outside reading a book or playing pool, playing chess, video games. I love to take my dog, Rocco, to the park -- just stuff to keep your mind active, or your body active and get away from baskteball.
"You need that balance in your life. You can't just get totally consumed by basketball and then it kind of wears on your happiness. You gotta have a certain balance so you are eager to go to the game every day, and your hungry to get in the arena and put on a show."
The Warriors ended the Blazers' season with a 128-103 victory in Game 4 on Monday night.
And Portland shooting guard C.J. McCollum now has some free time on his hands.
On Thursday, his flight got delayed, so he held an impromptu Q&A on Twitter.
One question asked: "First thing that comes to mind when u think of the Warriors?'
The Warriors averaged over 27 assists in the series and shot over 40 percent from 3-point territory.
Golden State has ended Portland's season each of the last two years.
McCollum was terrific in Game 1 (41 points) and Game 3 (32 points) but struggled in Game 2 (11 points, 4 for 17) and Game 4 (six points, 2 for 12).
Next season is Year 1 of the 4-year, $106.6 million contract he signed last summer.