NBA Lockout Over

Queue the angels and enjoy their chants of Hallelujah


I hope you all understood the Dwyane Johnson/The Rock reference.

Whilst David Stern has moved to ensure he saves face should the deal fall through by describing the agreement as ‘tentative’, I, and many millions of fans and players choose to celebrate this moment.

We have been close to agreements before but never have we been this close. Stern confirmed he has a handshake agreement with Billy Hunter and the Player’s Association over a deal that will see the 66 game NBA season begin on Christmas Day.

It will be the most almighty of NBA events, that will surely trump the anticipation and audience of any other non Finals game in NBA history.

So many people were unequivocally negative over the NBA’s situation that they had given up all hope of anything of a season. Most ‘experts’ either predicted the season begin at the last possible date, around February, or not at all. Few thought we would have NBA this year.

Chris Broussard’s daily facade telling us a deal was to be done finally became a reality. No longer does that strange man have to stand outside buildings around the country for 8 hours at a time, only to have a few short breaks to tell Sportscenter he has insider information through his ‘sources’.

I will be honest, I still hold fears that Dan Gilbert or ‘Mr Comic Sans’, will at any moment realise ending the lockout means LeBron James gets paid and will write a nonsensical letter in his favourite font, pushing back the ending of the lockout until at least 2012. Let’s pray they keep that crazy barstard away from the process.

This deal will see the NBA officially open for business on the 9th of December, where players will report for training camp, teams (many of whom have less than 10 players on their roster) can sign free agents and we will no longer have to live in a world where David Stern is one of the most important people.

That will lead to the commencement of season 2011-2012 on Christmas Day where the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks host their Finals opponents the Miami Heat in the biggest season opener in the history of American sport. Yep, I’m going there.

The Lakers will host their annual Christmas Day game against the visiting Bulls in a classic 90s rematch. There is another game on that day but no one knows, nor cares who is playing.

The i’s still need to be dotted and the t’s still need to be crossed but it seems a mere formality now that the NBA will be back.

Thank god for that, these selfish, ignorant, arrogant, egotistical billionaires were starting to lose money.

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