NO MAGIC – NBA’S LONDON GAMES VANISH

The New Jersey Nets and Orlando Magic will not be playing in London this season, the NBA has confirmed.

The cancellation, whose possibility was first revealed in MVP last month, has followed the curtailment of the new season due to the long labour dispute fought out between players and owners.

With a new reduced 66-game regular season schedule, squeezed into a shorter period with an increased number of back-to-back-to-back games for all teams, it had increased pressure on the league – and the Nets – to scrap their dates at The 02 Arena, slated for March 7 and 8.

With the new campaign now tipping off on Christmas Day, the NBA unveiled its revised calendar on Tuesday night without its trans-Atlantic detour.

The league is currently due to play at least one pre-season game in London next autumn with another to follow in Manchester in 2013.

ESPN have confirmed they will screen three games on December 25, including the Boston Celtics against the New York Knicks, the Chicago Bulls visit to  the LA Lakers and the Finals re-match between the Dallas Maverics and Miami Heat.

Photo: Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

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