Finally, the lockout is over. Finally, basketball is back !

By BENNY R. LORIE

NBA players and owners announced in the wee hours of Saturday morning that they reached a handshake deal to end the lockout. Players and owners are expected to ratify the deal with a vote, and the season will begin on Christmas Day. The Heat will begin Year Two of the Big 3 against the Mavericks in Dallas’ American Airlines Center, site of Miami’s epic collapse in last season’s NBA Finals.

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