The NBA lockout has already forced the outright cancellation of the first two weeks of the NBA regular season after previously counting training camps and preseason games as its first casualties. Commissioner David Stern said that there's still a possibility of an 82-game schedule if the collective bargaining agreement is solved soon, however.
Stern was a part of a small negotiating committee that met into the early hours of Thursday morning in hopes of saving the NBA season -- or at least the cancellation of more games -- and while applying a tourniquet that shouldn't have been required, he also gave some hope for those that prefer watching a basketball season in its entirety.
"Whether that gets to be 82 games or not is dependent upon so many things that have to be checked,'' Stern told reporters after the marathon negotiating session. "We just think we've got to do it soon."
Alright, so an 82-game schedule will be difficult to pull off -- the season likely won't start until four weeks after a deal has been reached -- but at least it still remains a possibility.