NBA lockout update: Teams allowed to practice on December 9 although players still need to vote

By on Dec 1, 2011 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

All the teams of the National Basketball Association (NBA) are now allowed to resume their practice although their players will still have to vote for the proposed labor deal, which will end the 5-month NBA lockout.



Dwyane Wade (left) and Lebron James
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As noted at US news sites on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, the NBA will open its doors on Thursday, December 9, so that players can start their practice in preparation for its opening.

In addition, agents were also allowed to start contacting NBA teams about lining up free-agent deals. ESPN reported that 20 to 40 first NBA workers with some basketball experience may be hired.

As reported earlier, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that a tentative deal was agreed upon by the lawyers of the team owners and their players and the games will start on December 25, Christmas Day.

Derrick Fisher, the former president of the dissolved National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), then noted that he is confident that NBA players will vote for the deal, which has no specific date yet. A 50-50 split between the teams and players is being expected.

The NBA lockout, which started last July 1, caused all the preseason and the first six weeks of the 2011-2012 NBA season games to be canceled, which is until December 16, with only 66 games remaining.



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