The Washington Times - August 20, 2011, 05:32PM

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.