Canceled World All-Star Classic means no Kobe Bryant
First the NBA cancels the remaining schedule of games in November because it can't reach a collective bargaining agreement with the players' union. Then, the World All-Star Classic cancels an exhibition scheduled for Sunday in Puerto Rico, as first reported by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, because the "organizer can't deliver the players."
Yup, it sounds like the basketball gods are angry, all right. That doesn't just mean Lakers fans will miss the first 13 regular-season games. It also means they won't see Kobe Bryant put on a showcase with other NBA stars in a global barnstorming tour.
It had appeared uncertain earlier this week whether the world tour would get off the ground after organizers found themselves scrambling to secure 18 signed player commitments and find a television contract. Then players, such as LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul backed out of the event. But Bryant and a handful of other NBA superstars stayed put, committed to the world tour's schedule, including stops in London, Macau and Australia through Nov. 10.
Now like the NBA season, everything appears in jeopardy.
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Kobe Bryant. Credit: Matteo Bazzi / EPA / September 28, 2011.