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Daily Times staff writer Dennis Deitch covers the 76ers

Saturday, November 26, 2011

It's Over, It's Over, Thank Heaven It's Over

The NBA Lockout ended early this morning when, after months of lackadaisical negotiating, stalling, immaturity and ogre-like commissionership, the sides ground through a 13-hour bargaining session with Thanksgiving leftovers as sustenance and came to a handshake agreement likely formed over consensus that canned cranberry sauce is the worst.

There remains details to bang out, but the buzz is a 66-game schedule will begin Christmas. The Sixers' first post-Christmas game on the original schedule was a Dec. 26 game at Sacramento. That likely will be their season-opener. Because Pixar/Disney characters ABSOLUTELY MUST SKATE at the FirstStates Fargovia Center for a couple weeks between Christmas & into the New Year, the Sixers probably will play 6 straight on the road before opening at home, with that Jan. 6 game against Detroit seeming likely to serve as the home opener under the new ownership group.

The handshake agreement is tentative. It needs to be ratified with a dap, finger shake, rump bump & point to the sky, plus some other nonsense like legal perusals and union votes. As more details come, I'll keep you posted. We can talk NBA again, which is nice.