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NBA postpones training camps, scraps some preseason games

September 23, 2011 |  8:31 am

Stern The NBA's collective-bargaining divide with its players has brought an eraser to the scheduled opening of training camp and preseason games through Oct. 15, the league announced Friday morning.

Training camp has been delayed "indefinitely," according to a news release distributed by the league, and 43 preseason games between Oct. 9-15 have been scrapped.

“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,” said NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver. “We will make further decisions as warranted.”

Commissioner David Stern and union leaders met Thursday in New York. They remain divided on how to resolve a situation that the league says leaves 23 of 30 teams losing money.

The players have conceded they'll take a 4% cut from 2010-11 salary, but the league wants to cap salary at $2 billion for coming seasons after paying $2.15 billion last season.

The sides are expected to meet again next week.

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Photo: David Stern. Credit: LM Otero / Associated Press.

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