Wizards /NBA announce pre-season schedules
As NBA commissioner David Stern, NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter and team representatives continue to discuss arriving at a new collective bargaining agreement, the NBA released their pre-season schedules.
Perhaps it’s a wildly optimistic gesture that these games will actually be played, or perhaps its just the league conducting business as usual, but here is the schedule. We can make of it what we will.
Date Opponent Venue Time
October 13 vs. New York Knicks Verizon Center 7:00 pm
October 15 at Milwaukee Bucks Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 8:30 pm
October 17 at Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, PA) 7:00 pm
October 19 at Cleveland Cavaliers U.S. Bank Arena (Cincinnati, OH) 7:00 pm
October 21 vs. Dallas Mavericks Verizon Center 7:00 pm
October 22 vs. Memphis Grizzlies TBD 7:00 pm
October 26 at New York Knicks Madison Square Garden (New York, NY) 7:30 pm
October 28 at Miami Heat AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, FL) 7:00 pm
In other NBA-related lockout news, both sides remain far apart, with Wizards guard and players union VP Maurice Evans calling the most recent meetings “productive”, while Hunter has gone on record saying that the season could be in jeopardy. Stern has said he believes there will be a season.
The owners say they will accept a 50-50 split of Basketball Related Income (BRI), but continue to ask for a hard salary cap, contracts of three to four years, and a new CBA to span 10 years.
The players, who know that BRI will not remain at 57 percent, have proposed a figure around 54 percent, a flexible salary cap, contracts of five to six years and a new CBA to span about six years.