In the latest bit of information that proves the NBA lockout is not on course for a happy ending, the NBA is allowing team's arenas to open dates that were previously held for scheduled regular season games. This means that, if the NBA does begin anytime soon, the schedule will have to be revamped as concerts and rodeos will take place of the previously scheduled basketball games.
Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register was the first to report on the new deal struck between the NBA and its team's playing facilities.
According to a statement from the NBA: "With the cancellation of the first two weeks of the season, the NBA schedule would have to be reworked and certain dates - including Dec. 13 for a Lakers game at Staples Center - would not be part of any revised schedule."
Actually, it's two additional NBA games already on the move, because the league did the same thing to accommodate another Jay-Z and Kanye show at Chicago's United Center on Nov. 30, when the Bulls are currently scheduled to play the San Antonio Spurs.
This could simply mean that the NBA has a contingency plan -- SB Nation's own Jon Bois recently looked at various possibilities -- in place that includes a revamped schedule with different dates being used that don't include the above games. It would have seemed quite a bit easier to keep that part of the schedule reserved, however ... at least until the next round of cancellations wipes out those games anyway.