The Lockout is Ending!!!

Thanks. Now both of you go away for a while.

NBA owners, players have tentative agreement - ESPN

NBA owners and players reached a tentative agreement early Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the delayed season on Christmas Day. Neither side provided many specifics but said the only words players and fans wanted to hear. "We want to play basketball," NBA commissioner David Stern said.

Deal reached to end NBA lockout

If all goes well, training camps and free agency will open simultaneously on Dec. 9, and a 66-game season will be played.

You know, I'd love to be bitter or ambivalent or something slightly more jaded, but I thought all along this was going to be resolved, I just didn't know when.  I guess I should have known it would be the "true" last minute - whatever that means.  

Still, I'm just excited to have basketball back.  I can't help it.  I'm probably just tired of feeling down about the league and I need some time to be excited again.  Chances are when I see the sloppy play and bad schedule I'll something more to complain about, but for now I'm just going to enjoy this.

Who's ready for free agent signings?

Sheridan has some specifics on the deal (see the link for details).

Details of the compromises made to settle the NBA lockout

David Stern and the NBA’s team owners made concessions on several key issues, both financial and system-related, to get the NBA lockout settled in the wee hours of the morning today at the close of a 15-hour bargaining session.

"Lookin like a season.  How U."

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