"This must be how the guys in Space Jam felt when MJ gave them their powers back through that old basketball." @blakegriffin
"I'm happy that the NBA is back because of course I wanna play but I'm more happy for my brotha
"Don't you think its ironic how
"HOUSTON....we have a season!
NEW YORK (AP) — After nearly two years of bickering, NBA players and owners are back on the same side.
"We want to play basketball," Commissioner David Stern said.
Come Christmas Day, they should be.
The sides reached a tentative agreement early Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the delayed season with a marquee triple-header Dec. 25. Most of a season that seemed in jeopardy of being lost entirely will be salvaged if both sides approve the handshake deal.
Barring a change in scheduling, the 2011-12 season will open with the Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, followed by Miami at Dallas in an NBA finals rematch before MVP Derrick Rose and Chicago visiting Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.
Neither side provided many specifics about the deal, and there are still legal hurdles that must be cleared before gymnasiums are open again.
"We thought it was in both of our interest to try to reach a resolution and save the game," union executive director Billy Hunter said.
Full story by BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer:
And for some classic NBA Fire in Lieu of the Lockout from pdubs and amaher:
More previous coverage about the NBA Lockout: