(CBS) — NBA commissioner David Stern has canceled the first two weeks of the NBA season after more than seven hours of meetings on Monday.
The games spanning from November 1st to November 14th are the ones so far that are affected.
Stern says both sides are “very far apart on virtually all issues. We just have a gulf that separates us.”
To the fans Stern says, ” We tried awfully hard. We made, in our view, concession after concession.”
The two sides will continue to negotiate, with games being canceled in two-week increments.
President of the players’ union Derek Fisher responded, “I continue to believe that we’ve been more than fair and reasonable in our approach. ”
He continued, “this is what we anticipated would happen, and here we are. This is not just about dollars and cents for players. It’s about a system for our guys to operate under.”
Union executive director Billy Hunter thinks that missing games is just part of the plan and said, ” I don’t know if the season is in jeopardy. I think it would be foolish.”
The Lakers were scheduled to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 1st.