NBA lockout: League saves face by starting on Christmas Day
-- 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.
--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.
--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
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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