Has the NBA lockout come to an end? It is looking that way. NBA commissioner David Stern (above, right) held a brief press conference in New York Saturday (Nov. 26) with Players Association executive director Billy Hunter (above, middle) and president Derek Fisher (above, left) to announce that a tentative settlement agreement has been reached.
“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 NBA season will begin on Dec. 25, Christmas Day, with a triple-header,” says Stern.
“We’re very pleased that we’ve come this far. There’s still a lot of work to be done,” he adds.
The season will be shortened to 66 games and the triple-header kicking things off will feature the Boston
Celtics at the New York Knicks; the Miami Heat at the Dallas Mavericks; and the
Chicago Bulls at the Los Angeles Lakers.
NBA Players Association president and current point guard for the Lakers Derek Fisher adds that it’s all about the fans.
“The most important key is our fans and the support from the people and the patience through a large part of this process. That’s who a lot of this credit goes to,” says Fisher. “The efforts that have been made have been largely with them in mind.”
“With that being said, there’s a lot of work left to do. Attorneys and lawyers will handle a lot of the heavy lifting,” Fisher continues. “For myself, it’s great to be a part of this particular moment in terms of getting our fans what it is they’ve so badly wanted and want to see.”