SALT LAKE CITY — Scratch Nov. 1 as the 2011-12 NBA season-opening date for the Utah Jazz. The cancellation of the season's first two weeks turned Nov. 18 into the Jazz's new tipoff date.
If the lockout ends in time, of course.
It's unknown whether the NBA will release a shortened schedule or play out the remainder of the current slate minus the first two weeks. As it stands for Utah, the ongoing labor strife wiped out eight regular season games and one of the year's longest road trips.
Utah's two-week stretch included home games against Houston, Memphis and New York and road games at the Rockets, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta and Charlotte.
Some Jazz players took to Twitter to voice their displeasure. Derrick Favors tweeted "D--- the first 2 weeks man" and C.J. Miles joked about taking an internship.
A Jazz spokesman said nobody from the organization could comment on the cancellations due to an NBA mandate.
The league did announce that "refunds plus interest" will be made to ticket-holders for canceled preseason and regular season games.
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