The NBA has informed teams that all games through Dec. 15 have been canceled, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The most recent collective bargaining proposal sent to the players detailed a 72-game 2011-12 NBA season that would begin on Dec. 15. Yesterday the NBPA made the decision to reject that offer from the owners, and have begun to make efforts to disband their union. In doing so, they plan to try to take talks of a new collective bargaining agreement out of the negotiating room and into the courts.
Until now, NBA commissioner David Stern had only officially only canceled NBA games through Dec. 1. During an interview Monday on ESPN, he made it clear that with the NBA players’ recent actions, the possibility of any season in 2011-12 is becoming increasingly unlikely. “It looks like the 2011-12 season is really in jeopardy,” Stern said on ESPN, shortly following the announcement of the NBPA’s rejection of the deal. “It’s just a big charade. To do it now, the union is ratcheting up I guess to see if they can scare the NBA owners or something. That’s not happening.”