NBA games lost yesterday: 4
Total games missed: 336
Earliest estimated date season can start: Jan. 22.
Projected player salary losses (through Jan. 22): $480 million.
Negotiations: Nothing scheduled.
Today's best game: Mavericks at Knicks. When Dallas went to New York last season, coach Don Nelson's instructions were for Michael Finley to dribble 22 seconds off the 24-second clock and then shoot -- even when his team was down 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Pub Date: 12/21/98