In the summer of 1995, the NBA suspended operations as opposing parties tried to reach a collective bargaining agreement. This dispute was unusual in that it wasn’t the players and the owners going at it. It was the players, the players’ union, the players’ agents and some league officials as well. The lockout lasted from July until September of 1995, which was well outside of the regular season, and so it affected no games.
As Houston Rockets representative Kenny Smith told the New York Times, the timing made it exactly the wrong moment to have a lockout. "It doesn't do anything to lock somebody out when nothing is going to be played anyway," he said. "No one gets paid in June. Everyone's in the Bahamas, Acapulco, whatever, playing golf. If you're going to lock us out, lock us out tonight. Stop the NBA finals. That's saying you mean business.”
Pictured: NBA Official David Jones and Orlando Magic Anfernee Hardaway pass a ball prior to their game with the New Jersey Nets 12 December in East Rutherford, New Jersey.