NEW YORK — The NBA has announced that it has cancelled all games through December 15th, effectively ending the offer the owners had to the players promising that date as the start of the season.
This comes as no surprise as the player’s openly rejected the latest offer which they deem ‘insulting’ and have decided to lawyer up and file and anti-trust lawsuit against the owners.
But more on that later. The fact of the matter now is that we officially have no basketball through December 15th and that’s not a good thing. It certainly doesn’t bode well for a season at all and even if there is one we all have to get used to the fact it will be very much abbreviated.
The players are not, however, going to file for injunction. The NFLPA tried this and it worked for a short time before being overruled. Players attorney David Boies said today that the players would not have a good case if they went ahead and filed for injunction. Because the lockout, as he puts it, “grew out of prior collective bargaining discussions” it would be difficult to get a preliminary injunction.
David Stern, of course, tried to pin all of this on the union and the player reps.
“If I was a player, I would be wondering what Billy Hunter has just done.” he said yesterday in an interview. ”The union decided in its infinite wisdom that the proposal would not be presented to membership [for a vote]. Obviously [Player's lawyer] Kessler got his way and we are about to go into the nuclear winter of the NBA.”
That ‘nuclear winter’ officially extents through December 15th.