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NBA Lockout: Owners, Players Pushing For Deal To Start Season On Christmas Day, Oh And Happy Thanksgiving

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The holiday season is taking on a new meaning for the NBA this year. The labor negotiations with lawyers for the NBA owners and players quietly started negotiating earlier this week hoping for a Thanksgiving surprise and a deal to save the 2011-12 season before 2011 runs out with Christmas Day serving as Opening Day.

The latest reports have the two sides taking time for turkey today but then getting back together to try and complete a deal over the weekend.

The NBA wants to play a 66-game regular season, as reported by the New York Times, and would need an agreement in place by early next week to make that possible.

As Marc Stein mentions, these talks are also part of settling the antitrust lawsuit the players filed in Minnesota while in the process coming to an agreement on a CBA deal everyone can live with to start the NBA season.

Here's to hoping (there's nothing wrong with hope, not like these guys can let us down any more than they already have) the festive holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is busy for NBA teams as they fill out rosters, cobble together training camp and start playing a season.

Also, on this day of thanks, let me express my thanks to all of the IC readers and great contributors to this site who have kept us afloat during the lockout. Happy Thanksgiving!