During the 150-day NBA lockout, there were times when it really did start to look as though a season was never going to get played. Both sides seemed to be pretty dug in and neither seemed inclined to give. Perhaps filled by the Thanksgiving spirit a deal was finally struck on Nov. 26, meaning an abbreviated season will be played after all.
This news elicited a cacophony of responses from around SB Nation's basketball blogs. Most of them were understandably very happy about this news, but at least a few of them couldn't help but share some level of caution.
Over at Warriors blog Golden State of Mind, they are pretty stoked. How stoked? Well, that's something they asked their readers:
For many, this season was as good as lost. Among those who felt that way was Rufus on Fire blogger Ben Swanson, who went ALL CAPS for the occasion:
STILL, I'M SO PSYCHED. I didn't think we'd have a season, and here we are!
HELLO NBA BASKETBALL! THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME FROM COLLEGE BASKETBALL!
For Jeff Clark of Celtics Blog, he's a bit torn. On one hand, he feels compelled to some level of ambivalence. On the other, he admits to feeling at least a tinge of excitement:
Still, I'm just excited to have basketball back. I can't help it. I'm probably just tired of feeling down about the league and I need some time to be excited again. Chances are when I see the sloppy play and bad schedule I'll something more to complain about, but for now I'm just going to enjoy this.
While many believed the lockout had to end eventually, there is a far more dire situation going on in Sacramento, where Tom Ziller of Sactown Royalty reminds us that their team could still be snatched away from them:
While basketball doesn't begin until Dec. 25, here in Sacramento our fight to save pro basketball continues this week. Leading up to the huge Dec. 13 City Council meeting, be prepared to be asked to help out in a couple ways. We don't want this late opening night to be our last opening night in Sacramento.