The National Basketball Association said on Friday it has postponed the start of training camps and canceled 43 pre-season games because club owners have not reached a new bargaining deal with players.
As a result, the entire 2011-2012 NBA season is in jeopardy of being wiped out, with the loss of games scheduled between October 9-15 the first step toward a possible loss of some or all regular-season contests.
"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 pre-season games," NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said.
Ominously, Silver added: "We will make further decisions as warranted."
Training camps were set to start on October 3 and given that no free agency period took place before the lockout, it is unlikely camps would be able to start with less than a week's notice once a deal is reached.