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Billy Hunter and David Stern

Since Saturday’s announcement of a tentative labor agreement between the NBA owners and players, details of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement have begun to surface. To save you from searching for the important details yourself and to hopefully reduce the number of CBA tweets that @LarryCoon has to respond to, I’ll list what I consider to be the five most significant points in this agreement, in terms of what you should care about as an NBA fan. These points are taken from this eight-page “Summary of Principal Deal Terms”, which you can view as a Google Doc.

1. The Amnesty Provision – Each team is permitted to waive one player prior to any season of the CBA (only for contracts in place at the inception of the CBA) and have 100 percent of the player’s salary removed from team salary for Cap and Tax purposes. A modified waiver process will be utilized for players waived pursuant to the Amnesty rule, under which teams with Room under the Cap can submit competing offers to assume some but not all of the player’s remaining contract. If a player’s contract is claimed in this manner, the remaining portion of the player’s salary will continue to be paid by the team that waived him.

What this means: Teams over the cap won’t be able to snatch up waived players with minimum contracts if another team with cap room bids on that player with a higher offer. You can safely assume that the Miami Heat are not a fan of this rule.

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Merry Christmas, Billy / Merry Christmas, Dave

So this is Christmas and what has Stern done,
Another season over, a new one just begun.

And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun,
The near and the dear ones, Greg Old and Sam Young.

A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one without Chris Bosh tears.

And we start on Christmas for right or for wrong,
For rich and the poor teams, the road is so long.

And so happy Christmas for Jarrett Jack and for Dwight
For the owners and union, let’s stop all the fights.

A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one without Chris Bosh tears.

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Reporter: Russell, are you excited that the players and owners were able to come to a deal in time to save the season?

Russell Westbrook: Definitely, definitely.

Reporter: Are you looking forward to playing again?

RW: Definitely, definitely.

Reporter: Do you think the fast-paced, shortened season will be beneficial for a young team like the Thunder?

RW: Definitely, definitely.

Reporter: Have you ever answered a question with anything other than “definitely, definitely?”

RW: Definitely, definitely.

Reporter: Seems dubious. Should I believe you?

RW: Definitely, definitely.

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When asked about the potential agreement, Obama gave a thumbs-up and said, “Good deal!”Barack Obama, who wears unreleased Under Armour basketball shoes because he’s got it like that

(via PBT)

So, like, those guys can play again, right? Like, for real, it’s over?

So like, Kris can get a job. He can, like, sign that contract he was always talking about or whatever?

Cool.

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For the past few months, I’ve tried to play it cool with friends, family and colleagues and act like I didn’t really care one way or another if there was a 2011-12 NBA season. Unlike the other TBJ hombres, this isn’t actually my job. I write and talk about basketball for fun and the Joneses are gracious enough to let me share my thoughts with all of you.

I was lying to myself, of course. A part of me was dead inside until I read the news this morning that the lockout is over. As you’ll see if you watch the video, I’ve been repressing some emotions that came flowing out today. Judge me if you want, but I bet many of you feel the same way.

(This video was inspired by Dan LeBatard’s reaction to LeBron joining the Heat last July. You might find my video funnier if you watch that one first.)