Due to the ongoing labor battle between owners and players union, the NBA formally announced this afternoon what most had suspected for days or weeks:
Neither training camps nor the preseason will start at the scheduled time.
Per a news release this morning, the NBA has indefinitely suspended the start of camp, originally slated to open Oct. 4, while also cancelling some 43 preseason games through Oct. 15.
“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,” NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “We will make further decisions as warranted.”
Among the carnage was the Spurs’ first three exhibition games — Oct. 9 against New Orleans, Oct. 11 at Sacramento and Oct. 15 at home against the Kings. For now, the earliest the Spurs might open the preseason is Oct. 17 against Cleveland.
The team’s website, , has already been amended to reflect the changes.
According to published reports, league officials are planning to revisit the schedule on Oct. 1 to decide if the rest of the month must also be scrapped.