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I’ve been waiting for awhile to write anything more about the lockout. I could rationalize my lack of productivity in a couple of ways. First, I don’t know anything that everybody else doesn’t also know. I have no sources, I have no real connections to NBA players, and can’t get any inside scoops. All I’ve been able to do over the last 140+ days of zero NBA is regurgitate/analyze stuff being put out there by the hard working dudes that have been staked out in New York and Los Angeles hotels following the never-ending stream of non-starter labor negotiations.

Also, I’m over it. Not over it so much that I’m not going to be a Blazer fan and start devoting all my free time to watching NASCAR. But over it in so far as if I didn’t see another Stern/Fisher press conference, see the hashtag #HowU, or hear the words “disclaimer of interest,” again that would be fine with me. I knew, or at least hoped, that the NBA would come back. But I was over following all the breaking news and trying to hedge my bets against first a full 82-game season then a possible 72-game season.

That’s all over now. In the wee hours of this morning a tentative deal was reached. Tentative meaning, hopefully, that all that needs to be done now is have the details ironed out and the thing ratified by a simple majority of players and owners. Howard Beck has details, as does Woj, as does Berger. These guys deserve medals of honor, and when we look back on all of this there’s a good chance that it will be the never-say-die attitude of the media that kept this thing in the public eye and helped the NBA avoid losing a season and thus maybe ending it FOREVER.

I don’t have much else to say beyond that, and that I’m relieved it’s finally over. What that means now is that the next time I sit down to write a post for this blog it will be about the Blazers, and it will be about actual NBA basketball being played by NBA players in NBA arenas under the auspices of the NBA.

It’s about time.

Also check out Seth Johnston‘s brilliance from Portland Roundball Society. He might have been the first Blazer blogger to drag himself out of bed, or my likely the bar, and get something up celebrating the return of the NBA.

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