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Originally published September 23, 2011 at 8:32 PM | Page modified September 24, 2011 at 6:28 PM

NBA cancels 43 exhibition games because of lockout

The NBA postponed training camps indefinitely and canceled 43 exhibition games because it has not reached a collective-bargaining agreement with players.

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NEW YORK — The lockout has started doing damage to the NBA calendar.

Players won't report at the usual time. The exhibition season won't start as scheduled.

And more cancellations could be necessary without a new labor deal soon.

Out of time to keep everything intact, the NBA postponed training camps indefinitely and canceled 43 exhibition games Friday because it has not reached a collective-bargaining agreement with players.

All games from Oct. 9 to Oct. 15 are off, league officials said. Camps had been expected to open Oct. 3.

"We have regretfully reached the point on the calendar where we are not able to open training camps on time and need to cancel the first week of preseason games," deputy commissioner Adam Silver said. "We will make further decisions as warranted."

Both sides have expressed hope the entire regular season, scheduled to begin Nov. 1, can be saved.

Note

• Superstar Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has a reported $6.7 million offer to play this season for Italian team Virtus Bologna, which starts its season Oct. 9.




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