NBA cancels games through November


NBA cancels games through November

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.

NBA Gameday: Draymond must slow down Pelicans star Davis

NBA Gameday: Draymond must slow down Pelicans star Davis

NEW ORLEANS – Coach Steve Kerr joked with his team on Thursday, reminding the Warriors they are in last place in the Pacific Division.

Well, they are, sharing the cellar with the Phoenix Suns. Losing the season opener at home to the Spurs forced the Warriors to lug a 0-1 record on a three-game road trip.

They can dig their way out of the bottom Friday night, when they face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans, who also lost their season opener, at Smoothie King Center.


Warriors by 11


Draymond Green vs. Davis. Davis dominated in the season opener, totaling 50 points, 16 rebounds, seven steals, five assists and four blocks in a loss to Denver. Davis is healthy and realizes he may have to carry the Pelicans. Green has gotten as far as he has because he lives for such challenges.


Warriors: C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery) is listed as out.

Pelicans: G Tyreke Evans (R knee recovery), G Jrue Holiday (family leave) and F Quincy Pondexter (L knee recovery) are listed as out.


The Warriors have won 13 of the last 14 meetings between the teams, including a 3-0 sweep last season.


1. The Warriors won’t say it, but all signs point to them frequently double-teaming Davis. This would seem like a wise strategy considering his fellow frontcourt starters (center Omer Asik and small forward Solomon Hill) combined for four points in the Pelicans’ season-opening loss.

2. In his first two seasons on the job, Kerr took the approach of one of his mentors, Phil Jackson, rarely calling timeouts to slow an opponent. All indications are the team’s dramatic roster turnover likely will force him to use them more often, simply to ensure everyone is on message.

3. The most explosive collegiate scorer last season was Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield, now a New Orleans rookie. Coach Alvin Gentry has been experimenting with Hield as a Sixth Man, providing instant offense off the bench. The Pelicans need scoring beyond Davis, and the Warriors are keenly aware of the streaky shooter.

President Obama picks his NBA, Super Bowl champions

President Obama picks his NBA, Super Bowl champions

Barack Obama will not be the President of the United States when the NBA crowns its next champion in June.

But the commander-in-chief offered his opinion on who will hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy in 2017.

"I'm gonna go with the Warriors just because Durant, that addition, I think they got too much firepower," he told SiriusXM radio on Friday morning. "Although, they just got spanked in their first game so it will take them awhile to figure stuff out."

Yes, the Warriors did drop their opener to the Spurs on Tuesday night, 129-100.

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Golden State will be back on the hardwood on Friday night in New Orleans against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.

The President also offered his prediction for the Super Bowl champion.

“Super Bowl is tougher, but I got to say at this point you’d have to put your money on (Tom) Brady again. I don’t see any real strong teams.

“Seattle and Patriots have a rematch, that’s my call.”