The NBA canceled the remainder of the preseason and put the start of the 2011-12 regular season in doubt on Tuesday after failing to reach an agreement with the players’ union to resolve the lockout.
The elimination of the league’s final 114 exhibition games will cost the Wizards six games, including a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 21 at Verizon Center. They will also lose road games at Philadelphia (Oct. 17), Cleveland (Oct. 19, at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati), New York (Oct. 26) and the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat (Oct. 28).
NBA Commissioner David Stern added that if the two sides could not come to terms on a deal by Monday that the league would “have no choice” but to cancel the first two weeks of the regular season. The Wizards have an unusual regular season schedule with just four games spread out over the first two weeks, beginning with the first two games at home against New Jersey (Nov. 2) and Orlando (Nov. 5) and road games in Miami (Nov. 6) and Orlando (Nov. 11).
“Right now, we had our committees, we gave it a really good run, and it didn’t work,” Stern said, while adding that no meetings have been scheduled.