The NBA announced that it has canceled the first two weeks of the season on Monday and, barring any further movement in the negotiations, there's a pretty good chance that more games will be canceled in the future.
While this hurts the fans wanting to see Rick Adelman coach Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams, Kevin Love and the rest of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Anthony Tolliver is not concerned about missing games.
"If anybody isn't ready, it's their fault," Tolliver told Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune while referencing the players scheduled to lose paychecks. "Everybody has been talking about this for a long time. We've all had a ton of meetings and been told to be prepared to miss games if we're going to get a fair deal. Obviously, the owners are playing chicken, thinking we'll give in at the last minute because they have leverage. We're not going to. We feel we have to hold out until we get a fair deal. Unfortunately, that's not happening right now."
It isn't exactly encouraging that the Wolves' player representative thinks like this for those hoping to watch professional basketball in the near future -- especially considering the Minnesota Lynx are now done with their championship season -- but it's probably the only way the players will be able to get a deal close to what they want while David Stern plays hardball.