NBA Players, Owners Reach Tentative Deal
Both sides reached a tentative agreement early Saturday morning to end the lockout that has stretched 149 days, according to an Associated Press report.
“We want to play basketball,” Commissioner David Stern said.
The first game is scheduled for Christmas Day and will open with 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, the AP reports.
There’s still not a lot of details yet as the deal is finalized, but we do know that both sides met in a secret meeting for more than 15 hours on Friday. Stern told the AP that the agreement was “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.”
“All I feel right now is ‘finally,’” Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade told The Associated Press.
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