The Wizards will lose at least two preseason games as a result of the NBA lockout, after the league announced on Friday that it would postpone training camps and cancel 43 games from Oct. 9-15.
Camps were expected to open on Oct. 3, but a delay was necessary with the owners and the union unable to reach an agreement on a new labor deal on Thursday during the last negotiating session.
“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,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “We will make further decisions as warranted.”
The Wizards were scheduled to open the preseason at home against the New York Knicks on Oct. 13, and then travel to Milwaukee to play the Bucks two nights later.
The Bucks had planned to use the preseason game against the Wizards at Bradley Center as an annual event to raise money for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer. Since 1977, the MACC Fund Game has raised more than $1 million dollars for research at the Midwest Children’s Cancer Center in Milwaukee.
As it stands, the Wizards will now have just one home preseason game, on Oct. 21 against the defending champion Dallas Mavericks.
The NBA hadn’t lost any games because of a work stoppage since the 1998-99 season was condensed to a 50-game schedule. The regular season is scheduled to begin on Nov. 1. The league and the union are expected to meet next week, but Commissioner David Stern said on Thursday, “the calendar is not our friend.’’