On the 148th day of the NBA lockout, a tentative deal has been reached.
The 2011 - 2012 NBA season is scheduled to tip-off on Christmas Day, and will feature a 66-game schedule.
The league’s commissioner, David Stern, said:
"We’ve reached a tentative understanding that is subject to a variety of approvals and very complex machinations ... but we’re optimistic that that will all come to pass, and that the N.B.A. season will begin on Dec. 25, Christmas Day, with a tripleheader."
As for the games, it's likely the league will keep the matchups that were already on the schedule: the Boston Celtics at the Knicks, followed by the Miami Heat at the Dallas Mavericks and the Chicago Bulls at the Los Angeles Lakers.
Below is some of the reaction from NBA fans and players alike:
Just wanna say Thank You to the fans for your patience and understanding thru all this!!!!!! Glad to give you the game of basketball back.
NBA planning to have it's opening game on Christmas Day. Celtics-Knicks, Heat-Mavs, Bulls-Lakers scheduled this day. RT - IF YOU HAPPY
Lebron said he felt like one of his kids on Xmas morning when he heard NBA strike was over, not sure why he'd feel a sense of abandonment.
Nba is back? Great news today. I'm so happy for all our fans and all the people who work in and around the arenas. Go mavs
Glad 2 hear we R gettin back on the court soon.... Excited for the fans and everyone around the game