Michael Olowokandi, the No 1 pick in June's NBA draft who moved to the Italian team Kinder Bologna in the final days of the lock-out, made a diasppointing debut for his new side as they fell to a 71-57 defeat at the hands PAOK Salonika in Greece in the Men's Euroleague last night.Reuse content
The National Basketball Association Board of Governors yesterday ratified the labour deal approved on Wednesday by the player's union, which paves the way for a belated start to the NBA season in America. The abbreviated season will begin on 5 February and run until May, with teams expected to play an average of four games a week. The agreement will herald a frantic month as teams strengthen their squads and try to get their players into shape, while more than 200 free-agent players, who have been unable to move while the lock-out has been in force, must now find themselves new employers. The lock-out lasted for a total of 190 days, with 437 games cancelled prior to yesterday's agreement.