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Outlook for NBA is grim; regular season in peril

Talks break off without a deal

NEW YORK - What was billed as a significant day for NBA labor negotiations turned out to be just that, but for all the wrong reasons, as commissioner David Stern wiped out the final two weeks of the preseason after talks again failed to produce any significant progress toward a collective bargaining agreement.

In a news conference last night, he said he will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season if an agreement is not reached by Monday. The Celtics are scheduled to open Nov. 2 at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers .

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