I can't help it, I'm still holding out hope.
It began with sources indicating that back-channel discussions were under way last week, then took the next logical step with the identity of the third-party intermediary who was faciliating a resumption in talks. Now, negotiations are back on, with the focus being exactly what two people with knowledge of the NBA's strategy told CBSSports.com last Friday it was: ending the lockout in time to begin the 2011-12 season by Christmas.
All reports were that the sides were close (despite the leanings of the hardliners on both sides). I still feel like this can get done and that is what the majority wants.
Make it stop, that's my only Christmas wish.