NBA owners and players reached a tentative agreement early Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the delayed season on Christmas Day.
The 2011-12 season will open with the Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, followed by Miami at Dallas in an NBA finals rematch, with MVP Derrick Rose and Chicago closing the tripleheader against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The league plans a 66-game season and aims to open training camps Dec. 9. The League has said it would take about 30 days from an agreement to playing the first game.
This season will be the second shortened season in NBA history, joining the 1998-99 lockout that reduced the schedule to 50 games. This time the league will miss 16 games off the normal schedule. Playes, Owners, and more importantly FANS, are estatic that NBA basketball is back!