According to ESPN, this past Friday (November 25th), a 15 hour negotiating marathon took place between the NBA and its player representatives, and as a result, we will now be able to see basketball played this season! While the deal is only tentative, both owners and players have agreed to salvage the season which will likely begin on Christmas Day.
League Commissioner David Stern announced the deal alongside Union director Billy Hunter and had the following to say:
“Subject to a variety of approvals and very complex machinations, but we’re optimistic that will all come to pass and that the NBA season will begin Dec. 25.”
The season will last 66-gamews with training camps opening Dec. 9.
Unless the league undergoes 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 reigning MVP Derrick Rose and his Chicago Bulls close the tripleheader against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.
I’m a little TOO excited right now……but whatever….NBA’s back baby!!