NBA Lockout Will Claim First Two Weeks Of Preseason, Says Report

Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that when the league announces on Friday that the NBA lockout has impacted the 2011-12 schedule, it will cancel the first two weeks of the preseason calendar, including the start of training camps and the first exhibition games.

Camps were set to open with leaguewide media days on Oct. 2. (In non-lockout seasons, a few teams typically begin the preseason overseas, and as such hold their media days earlier than the rest of the league. The NBA didn't send any teams overseas this year, though.) The NBA released an exhibition schedule over the summer that included six games on Oct. 9. Wojnarowski reports that those games and more will become lockout victims on Friday, after NBA commissioner David Stern speaks to the owners' labor committee.

More important, Woj reports that the bleak visage Stern and union president Derek Fisher presented after Thursday's talks weren't an act: sources told Yahoo! that the two sides "dug in" on points of contenion and found no middle ground on Thursday.

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