The fighting between NBA owners and players started nearly two years ago, but a season that has been in lock-out mode thus far may finally be headed for the (basketball) courts, after owners and players reached a tentative deal early this morning. Neither side is providing specifics, but it is hoped that the season could resume on December 25th.

Barring a change in scheduling, the 2011-12 season will open with the Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, followed by Miami at Dallas in an NBA finals rematch before MVP Derrick Rose and Chicago visiting Kobe
Bryant and the Lakers.

The league plans a 66-game season and aims to open training camps Dec. 9, with free agency opening at the same time. Stern has said it would take about 30 days from an agreement to playing the first game.

A majority on each side is needed to approve the agreement, first reported by CBSSports.com. The NBA needs votes from 15 of 29 owners. (The league owns the New Orleans Hornets.) Stern said the labor committee plans to discuss the agreement later Saturday and expects them to endorse it and recommend to the
full board.

[yahoosports.com]