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NBA Lockout Update: David Stern Cancels Games Through 15th Of December

The Minnesota Timberwolves will have to wait a little while longer to get a start to their first season with Ricky Rubio on the roster and Rick Adelman holding the reins as the NBA lockout continues to take its toll. The latest news, unfortunately, is that NBA Commissioner David Stern has decided to cancel games through the 15th of December.

The move has more to do with the calendar than anything else as the league has long maintained it would need at least one month from the end of the lockout to get the season started. As SB Nation's Mike Prada noted, it technically even keeps a 72-game season on the table.

That would technically mean the NBA lockout has yet to claim any games from the owners' proposed 72-game schedule, which was rejected when the NBA Players Association elected to disclaim interest to challenge the lockout in court. However, it only seems like a matter of time until those games go as well.

More bad news is on its way, but this isn't exactly the worst scenario that could happen.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.