Carmelo Anthony's return to Denver is delayed for another year. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade won't be visiting Sacramento anytime soon. Fans in Chicago will only be seeing Kobe Bryant on television this season.
The NBA sought competitive balance. What it got was schedule imbalance.
One of the many consequences of the lockout, besides hundreds of lost games and hundreds of millions of lost dollars, was the tradition that every team plays in every NBA city at least once per season. That's not the case this year.
While teams will visit every other team in their own conference, they will only make trips to play nine clubs from the other side of the league instead of the usual 15.
It's one of many quirks of a 66-game schedule that, in a variety of ways, is not like any other in NBA history.
''In some cases, the team business-type might complain that they didn't get (to host) the Heat or the Lakers,'' NBA Commissioner David Stern said. ''While in the background, the coach is doing ca...