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NBA Commissioner David Stern arrives for the NBA labor negotiations, in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. NBA owners and players are meeting for a second straight day, shortly after finishing a 16-hour marathon with a federal mediator.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Technically the NBA lockout started on July 1 when free agents were never allowed to talk with teams, let alone actually sign with them.

It didn't really do anything for me. Sure, I follow the off-season acquisitions and all, but as for my grasp of the league I didn't really care.

Now it's real. To me, the NBA lockout starts on Tuesday when we start missing games that count. [The opening night included Chicago at Dallas and Oklahoma City at Los Angeles (Lakers)]

The Phoenix Suns were scheduled to play their last preseason game this past Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Suns were scheduled to host the Thunder next Wednesday in their season opener.

I'm an average NBA fan. I enjoy watching the marquee match-ups (especially the last 10 minutes, coincidentally that's when the players tune in too) and I catch the highlights of the high flyers.

Next week the World Series will be over. Next week the NBA will not be tipping off.

I -- like many of you -- am a creature of habit.

Leaves are changing colors, pumpkins are being carved and I'm ready for my Steve Nash-LeBron James-Kevin Durant- Blake Griffin fix.

But -- just like you -- I'll find other ways to spend my time. There are too many things in today's technological world to capture my short attention span.

The NFL lockout did nothing but annoy me but it also did exactly what I was hoping and expecting -- ended before I really missed anything. I had skeptical optimism for the NBA to do the same. Optimism fail.

I haven't missed the NBA yet but to me there's been nothing to miss.

Next week when it's hockey or knock-off college football in the middle of the week I'll start to get irritated, be disappointed and tune out completely until Griffin or James give me a jaw dropping, must-see dunk.

Until those dunks come I'll be spending my time on some other habit. The NBA just better hope it's a habit I'll want to eventually kick.

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TY's Outtakes

What I learned this week…

Siri is as awesome as it looks...so I've heard from a friend who recently purchased a new iPhone. I'm jealous.

Tweet of the week…

I thought this was too much ... even for the New York Post, and that's tough to do.

@JimmyTraina: Good morning, Alex Rodriquez

The tweet was in reference to this New York Post cover on October 21, 2011 -- the day after Moammar Gadhafi was killed.

Suggestion of the week…

What are those lights in the sky? Also, check out this slideshow.

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