All signs—ridiculous LeBron James proclamations aside—point to the 2011-12 NBA season starting sometime in January, if it starts at all. The players' union and the NBA owners met for several hours yesterday, but the two sides still seem waaaaay too far apart to reach a deal by the time the season is supposed to start next month. And it seems like players are finally starting to come to grips with it. After playing in the Goodwin League vs. Melo League game the other night, Carmelo Anthony said as much by shooting down the thought of the season starting anytime soon.

"I'm worried, because I want to play and October is right around the corner," he said. "It doesn't look like we'll be starting on time."

Oh well. At least we've got football to keep us company! [via Fan Nation]