NBA Lockout: What the Industry, Fans Are Saying About Decision to Cancel First Two Weeks of Season
The NBA late Monday said it was canceling the first two weeks of the season after two days of negotiations failed to yield any progress between the owners and players in their labor dispute.
NBA commissioner David Stern told the Associated Press that after two straight days of negotiations, both sides were "very far apart on virtually all issues. ... We just have a gulf that separates us."
After the news broke, many fans -- including those in the industry -- hit Twitter to weigh in on the news.
Daniel Tosh of Comedy Central's Tosh.O quipped: "Sorry nba players, it's football season... we're actually hoping you start in january. seems way better."
L.A. Laker and recent Dancing With the Stars contestant Ron Artest, who recently changed his name to Metta World Peace, put a positive spin on the news, tweeting: "Yay to the NBPA and NBA for making progress!!! Two weeks not bad! Cheers!"
On the other end of the spectrum, actor and former DWTS contestant Kyle Massey was upset about the news.
"Does David stern have a twitter?" he wrote. "I'm going to follow him JUST to unfollow him! NO NBA?? THE NBA NEEDS TO #WORK_IT_OUT"
American Idol winner Jordin Sparks also wasn't happy: "Sad, sad day. :( “@NBA: NBA Cancels First Two Weeks of Regular Season."
Eric Stangel, head writer/executive producer on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman, took a dig at one NBA team in his tweet.
"David Stern announces 1st two weeks of NBA season canceled," he wrote. "The Timberwolves just saved themselves 10 losses!"
Meanwhile, several fans also took to Twitter to share their opinions. Among them:
I really will be mad af if we don't have any NBA season
We dont need @NBA We have college hoops! Let all the #NBA players go overseas now!
Dear NBA & NBA Players Assoc. I have only one word to say to you! BOOOOOOOOO! #NBA #Lockout I'll cheer for High School Basketball this year!
What's gonna happen to my fantasy season!!
The NBA cancelled the 1st 2wks of the season??!! :(. looks like Kobe might be closer to playing in Italy than we thought
To all #NBA Owners, Players, and NBA Commissioner David Stern- I'll trade your salary for mine for 1 year. If it's 'not about $', prove it!
A Kid Named Marley
Woooooooooooooooomp, NBA cancels first two weeks of season....YEAS!!!!!! NFL > NBA