When most of us were sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner there was one thing that was likely not on our minds—basketball. That was not just because there was a full slate of NFL action and some quality college games on, but because with the way that the negotiations had gone there was little hope or reason to think that something good was going to happen anytime soon.
Maybe that’s what Billy Hunter and David Stern were waiting for. They wanted us to be at our lowest moment; thinking that there was going to be no NBA season this year. Right when we were prepared to make due with nothing but college hoops and charity games—BAM!!!—a tentative agreement is reached!
Assuming all continues to go well, the league even announced that it will be giving fans one heck of a Christmas present with three solid match-ups on opening day of the season (which happens to be Christmas Day): Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks; Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks; Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers.
The suddenness of the agreement really should not be that surprising to fans. Throughout the whole 149/150 day ordeal the two sides seemed to take turns making big, dramatic exits, cancelling talks and making it appear as if the sky was falling (yes, a chicken little reference; I went there).