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Sixers open in Toronto

July 20 Camden Courier-Post

The Sixers and the other NBA teams have a schedule now. They just don’t know if they’re going to play it.  The Sixers are scheduled to open their season Nov. 2 in Toronto, with their home opener two days later against Minnesota.  Whether or not those games — or any games — get played depends on the players and owners reaching a new collective bargaining agreement.

NBA releases game, broadcast schedule for 2011-12 season

July 19 NBA.com

The NBA today released its complete game schedule and broadcast schedules of ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV, and NBA on ESPN Radio for the 2011-12 season, in the event that the NBA is able to reach a new collective bargaining agreement with the NBPA in a timely fashion.  The league’s 66th season tips off on Tuesday, Nov. 1, as part of Kia Motors NBA Tip-Off ’11, with two games on TNT — the 16th straight season the league opens with a doubleheader on TNT. In the first game, the Dallas Mavericks open up defense of their NBA title by hosting the Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET), who won an NBA-best 62 games last season. Before the game, TNT will televise the championship ring ceremony. The second game features two Western Conference teams with their own championship aspirations as the Oklahoma City Thunder visits the Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET).

‘Shot Doctor’ Magee working with Sixers’ Turner

July 20 CSN Philly

The NBA work stoppage is not keeping the Sixers’ Evan Turner from putting in the work to improve his rookie field goal percentage of 42 percent, the lowest at any level of his career.  “My whole college career and high school career I shot 50 percent,” Turner said after his hour-and-a-half shooting session with the soon-to-be inducted Hall of Famer, Herb Magee. “This was the first real bad year where I ever shot below 50 percent. I don’t know how hard it is to shoot 50 percent in the NBA, but I felt there were a lot of shots I took that I didn’t make that could have gone in with little tweaks.

Full labor session not likely before August

July 20 CBSSports.com

While the basketball world was obsessed Tuesday with the release of an NBA schedule that may never happen, CBSSports.com has learned that the owners and players may not convene for another full-blown collective bargaining session until August.  It is up for interpretation, however, whether that would put the two sides behind the negotiating pace set during the 1998-99 lockout. Back then, it was 37 days between the imposition of the lockout on July 1 and the next bargaining session on Aug. 6.

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