As if the players haven’t endured enough waiting they more may be more of a delay with the start of training camps. CBS Sports reports that the original date of Dec. 9th may be pushed back until Dec. 12th. That’s not much of a delay, but with the season starting in just 19 days every minute of training collectively for squads is vital.
“Teams with just a handful of guys under contract have been complaining that it’s going to be too difficult to start on Friday,” one league executive said.
The league office has been polling executives over the last 48 hours to determine what to do.
The players have re-formed as a union and are starting the ratification process of a new collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday, which is necessary for camps to open. But there are also still a bunch of things that need to be resolved like the so-called “b-list” issues before the players can finish this up in time to vote. The owners have a Board of Governors meeting Thursday where they will vote on the new CBA.
Most Knicks players including Carmelo Anthony have jumped at the opportunity to enter the teams facilities. Every minute of delayed time can hinder the cohesiveness that needs to occur for this Knicks squad success.