Last week, the NBA cancelled the first two weeks of its regular season — wiping more than a handful of games off of each team’s schedule — because of the ongoing NBA lockout. Further cancellations are expected if no significant progress on a new collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players is made during a Tuesday session that will be led by a federal mediator.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the games are lost forever. Multiple reports indicate the NBA has investigated a number of options for setting its schedule depending on how long the lockout lasts.
The New York Post reported last week that modified versions of shorter schedules have been formulated.
Although the league called the move a “cancellation” and not a postponement, games eventually could be shifted or re-arranged. As The Post has reported, the league has contingency plans for various scenarios, including schedules calling for 75, 70 or 60 games. The last lockout caused the season to start in February 1999, with a Munchkin-sized 50-game season that included numerous back-to-backs and three games in three nights.