The NBA and its players have come to a tentative agreement, and the NBA lockout is over. Dwayne Wade told the Associated Press. A tentative agreement has been reached to end the 149 lockout. Training camps will open on Dec 9th with Christmas Day being the first game of the season. It looks like the storm is over for now.

“We want to play basketball,” Commissioner David Stern said.

After a secret meeting earlier this week, the sides met for more than 15 hours Friday, working to try to save the season. This handshake deal, however, still must be ratified by both owners and players.

Stern said it was “subject to a variety of approvals and very complex machinations, but we’re optimistic that will all come to pass and that the NBA season will begin Dec 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 close the tripleheader against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.