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NBA Lockout Ends: What comes next

Posted on: November 26, 2011 4:56 am
Edited on: November 26, 2011 5:28 am
 
By Matt Moore 

Now that the NBA and the players have reached a "tentative agreement" to end the NBA lockout and beging the 2011-2012 season starting on Christmas, the focus now shifts to what happens next. While discussions are clearly fluid at this moment in time, here's what we know, assuming that the tentative agreement is agreed upon by both sides.

Saturday, November 27th - Friday, December 9th: Attorneys on both sides will have to agree to the langauge of the new CBA, which will take some time. Chris Mannix of SI.com reports that process will take until December 9th, which will mean both training camp and free agency will start on Friday, December 9th.

The NBA and players' representatives will bring the deal to the players for their approval during this time. The NBPA will have to reform, which shouldn't take hardly any time at all given their disclaimer of interest vs. involuntary decertification. The NBA owners will have to approve, but it will only need a majority vote. The same vote is needed from the full membership of the NBPA. Pending approval from both parties, the NBA will officially open for business whatever day that can be approved.

During this time, players playing abroad will exercise their NBA opt-outs to return home.

December 9th: The most furious free agency period in NBA history begins as teams rush to get their additional players into camp as quickly as possible. Players will likely be out of shape due to the extended time off. Conditioning will be difficult, and will likely affect the season. Teams will have to balance a competitive environment with avoiding rushing players into injury.

It's assumed there will not be an exhibition season.

December 25th: The NBA season will open. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com as well as SI.com reports that the original Christmas lineup of Heat at Mavericks, Bulls-Lakers, and Knicks-Celtics will lead off the season. That's right. The Heat will open their season with the Mavericks' ring ceremony.

Ouch.

From there, a 66-game season will take place. It's assumed that the end of the NBA regular season and playoffs will be pushed back upwards of two weeks to accomodate for more games. There will be a greater density still in game frequency, which can impact both injuries and fatigue. Get ready for more blowouts and a lower quality of play.

But that's still better than no play at all. Our long, National Basketball Association nightmare is over. Looking like a season. How u.
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Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:07 pm
 

NBA Lockout Ends: What comes next

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Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:06 am
 

NBA Lockout Ends: What comes next

Players win...owners win...fans get screwed.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:20 pm
 

NBA Lockout Ends: What comes next

This has happened with hockey, baseball , football and now basketball. I'm not as mad as I was with baseball and hockey because you lost seasons. I mean baseball cancelled the playoffs. It was foolish. People need to realize we haven't missed much time. It happens in big business and in sport, there are labor troubles sometimes. 

I get a smile on my face thinking of all the nay sayers and the people who said there would be no NBA season. Keep the remote close over the next month or just don't watch sports because your going to be hearing a lot about the NBA. Matter of fact, I would even stay off your sports sites such as CBS.Cry



Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:37 pm
 

NBA Lockout Ends: What comes next

You quit too easy and I will add this. This is contract business and both sides have the right to seek the best deal. This is not your traditional everyday 9-5 job. The players are independant contractors. You are the fan and unlike players and owners, you risk nothing. So leave, throw up on yourself, and make sure you keep your word!

Last but not least your comment makes you look like the whinny one!  


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Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:36 pm
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Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:37 am
 

NBA Lockout Ends: What comes next

Just make sure you dont EVER comment on a NBA post again. By the way we will all vomit if you



Since: Sep 2, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:51 am
 

NBA Lockout Ends: What comes next

So what, NBA is back. Not going to watch. Lost a fan with the lockout and all the whiny greedy b!tching on both sides of the coin. Vomit!



Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:28 am
 

NBA Lockout Ends: What comes next

The real NBA season starts when the playoffs start, thats the only teams we want to see play.



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:12 am
 

NBA Lockout Ends: What comes next

Cape Cod, your a total idiot, and im sure your no 1% . But I hope your calling the gangbangers all your white players too, like Dirk, Kris Humpries, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, etc... You probably forgot that those smart owners agreed to the last CBA which created their own problem,,great bargaining skills by those gangbangers!!!!!!! 



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:01 am
 

NBA Lockout Ends: What comes next

Blow out and poor play? is this new.  Any real fan knows you only watch the last five minutes of a regular season game.  It is all that matters. 


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