NBA players and owners reached a tentative deal yesterday morning to bring the 149-day NBA lockout to a long-awaited end.

“We’re optimistic that the NBA season will come to pass on December 25, Christmas Day, with a triple-header,” NBA commissioner David Stern confirmed during a press conference that followed a 15-hour negotiating session in New York City.

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Although specifics about the deal are still vague, NBA players and Hollywood stars alike were elated about the news and took to Twitter to share their excitement.

“What u say, the NBA is back???!!!,” tweeted actress Taraji P. Henson. “Woooohooooo GOD IS GREAT!!! During the lockout I was hurting so bad couldn’t eeeen tweet about it!”

Holly Robinson Peete took a more practical approach, tweeting “Remember the end of NBA lockout means A LOT of jobs restored not just about rich players, owners and lawyers #goodthing.”

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Comedian Bill Bellamy elicited quite a few laughs when he wrote, “The NBA Lockout is over!! Yes! Lawd Is Good! Yesterday was Black Friday! now we have Black Basketball!!! Gotta Love it!!”

Perhaps Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks summed it up best writing, “SHOWTIME!!!!”

He added,  “Just wanna say Thank You to the fans for your patience and understanding thru all this! Glad to give you the game of basketball back.”

Are you excited about the end of the NBA lockout?


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