Christmas came early Saturday morning for suffering, disenchanted NBA fans. The labor parties eschewed walking the tightrope over a shark-filled pool in favor of a potential season-saving handshake. The players and owners stopped their nauseating, inexplicable, inexcusable dance with Armageddon and shuffled a few more feet to reach a tentative finish line.
CBS Sports’ Ken Berger first reported the agreement. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski and NBA.com’s David Aldridge followed. Those three men, along with a few others, deserve extra recognition for superb lockout coverage. You go wait in a hotel lobby for 15 hours multiple times in a summer. They kept supporters informed and afforded me the information necessary to author insightful (OK, distressed) columns.
I can now publish frequent pieces on basketball-related topics. No more BRI discourse, open letters to owners and players or hatchet jobs on behalf of the self-absorbed, misguided labor negotiators. Whew.
Happy holidays, professional hoops fanatics. College basketball now becomes a healthy supplement instead of the lone available hardwood drug. If the board of governors and reformed NBA Players Association’s membership ratifies the proposed collective bargaining agreement (and Wojnarowski Tweeted that both sides are expected to pass this puppy—thank goodness), Derek Fisher will soon wear a Laker uniform instead of a suit.
Compelling Monday showdowns will supplant the umpteenth showings of Hoosiers and Teen Wolf on the league’s 24-hour channel. Kevin Durant vs. Derrick Rose, anyone?
I could have penned a 50-item list, but a 10-click presentation seemed like the merciful, considerate and concise thing to do. Who has time to flip through 50 pages worth of material, anyway?
Here is one writer’s inventory of things to celebrate with a provisional labor accord in place.