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NBA lockout: League saves face by starting on Christmas Day

November 26, 2011 |  3:18 pm

Mike Brown

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes how the owners and players reached a tentative agreement to begin the season on Christmas Day. Bresnahan also outlines the various preseason questions the Lakers face.

--The New York Times' Harvey Araton argues the NBA's increased parity will hurt the league.'s Steve Aschburner, the New York Times' Howard Beck and's Larry Coon outlines the details of the new collective bargaining agreement. 

--True Hoop's Henry Abbott looks at what part of the deal pleases the players. 

--CBS Sports' Ken Berger argues a deal breathes new life into the NBA season. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues the Lakers need to immediately lock in once the season starts. 

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer celebrates the NBA lockout ending. 

--Fox Sports' Randy Hill looks at the various storylines surrounding the NBA season. 

--The New York Daily News' Frank Isola notes the importance that the NBA salvage its Christmas Day games. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky lists five roster needs involving the Lakers. 

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe details the new mid-level exception. 

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix breaks down the new deal. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin believes the Lakers are primed for one more title run. 

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen paints in the NBA lockout as a larger picture. It's one example on how leaders don't solve problems right away. 

--Sheridan Hoops' Chris Sheridan explains why both sides agreed to a labor deal. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski breaks down what areas the players and owners agreed to in the latest labor deal. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard reflects on the 1991 NBA Finals. 

Tweet of the Day: "There will be a significant number of players who will not vote to approve this deal, but there won't be a majority. The deal will pass" -- WojYahooNBA (Yahoo! Sports' columnist Adrian Wojnarowski)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "So happy the lockout looks to be over, because a season without basketball is grim indeed. I'm very happy! I look for the Lakers to have an adjustment period, mainly because of a new coach and system, with not much of a training camp to go on." -- Jeanne Gully Rugg

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers Coach Mike Brown takes a break in between interviews after a news conference in El Segundo in the spring. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times