LOS ANGELES (CBS) — NBA commissioner David Stern has canceled the first two weeks of the upcoming season after players and owners could not come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Stern canceled the first two weeks of the regular season – after nearly 14 hours of negotiations – on day 102 of the NBA lockout.

So far, games spanning from Nov. 1 to Nov. 14 are affected. The cancellations include eight Lakers games, five of which were to be played at the Staples Center. The Clippers will lose seven games, four of which were scheduled at Staples.

Stern says both sides are “very far apart on virtually all issues. We just have a gulf that separates us. 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.

“I continue to believe that we’ve been more than fair and reasonable in our approach,” player’s union president Derek Fisher said. “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.”

Comments (7)
  1. Daniel Thomas says:

    The obvious fan perspective: both of you, owner and player – get over yourselves, get a deal done and get on with entertaining your forgiving public.
    Owners: so you don’t make as much profit for this year – make it up on the back end.
    Players: start looking for ways to invest your money so you don’t have to engage in protracted battles over what you percieve is less than what you deserve.

    In the immortal words, ‘Ask not…

  2. T says:

    Right now – The only thing you are getting done is losing a ton of money by not playing ball…. Which isnt accomplishing anything – except giant loses for both sides…. There has got to be a reasonable solution here guys … its not like there isnt enough to go around …. but there wont be if you continue not to play – and the fans arent there to pay – then you wont have anything to negotiate over, because there wont be any money to fight over…..I Love Basketball – but this is leaving ” a bad taste in my mouth”

  3. Jumping jack hibbi hop says:

    Ain’t no thing!

  4. ritchie kotzen says:

    Greed Vs Greed.. who will win?? It’s like who can pee the highest from the ground competition..

    1. T says:

      i think the fans will – because they will save their money to spend on something else…..

  5. Mehilangelino says:

    Thats it, me and my homie thugs will Occupy Staples.

  6. Igor Doublebubblevich. says:

    stern is a new york jew ish lawyer VS. NBA players with 7th grade reading skills. law

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