NBA players and owners breathe tweets of relief


A majority of the NBA’s 450 players, plus a majority of the 30 team owners, still have to approve the proposed new labor deal. But after the 149-day lockout, their tweets sounded pretty upbeat about the news Saturday.

Richard Hamilton, Detroit Pistons: “Yessirrrrrrrrrr. We are back in business.”

Shane Battier, free agent: “Getting mad love from Grizz nation, Heat nation, Thunder nation and Rocket nation. Let free agency begin!!!”


Jared Dudley, Phoenix Suns: “Can’t wait to get back to phx Dec 9 for training camp.”

Chris Kaman, Clippers: “Hey @blakegriffin @deandrejordan @mogotti25 [Maurice Williams] @Csmeezy1 [Craig Smith] I have some extra deer meat to bring back if u want some?”

Andrew Bynum, Lakers: “Woke up to some great news!”

Blake Griffin, Clippers: “This must be how the guys in Space Jam felt when MJ gave them their powers back through that old basketball.”

Jordan Williams, second-round pick of the New Jersey Nets: “I don’t want any new friends now the the lockout is bouta be over.”

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers: “Glad to be back!”

Dorell Wright, Golden State Warriors: “I was a Stay at home Son for months!! Now got my Jobby bacc its on!! Moms gone be happy!!”

Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies: “But all in all I knew it had 2end at some point.”

Jose Juan Barea, Dallas Mavericks: “Super contento #NBA is back…”

Pau Gasol, Lakers: “We’re all excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel!”

Jordan Hamilton, first-round pick of the Denver Nuggets: “Thought I was dreaming last night, but I woke up this a.m and its real!”

Anthony Tolliver, Minnesota Timberwolves: “Shoutout to the haters that kept tryna convince us to take a bad deal lol...this is not a GREAT deal but good enough to play.”

Baron Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers: “Glad 2 hear we R gettin back on the court soon.”

Micky Arison, owner of the Miami Heat: “Excited about the tentative agreement and can’t wait 4 Xmas day hoops! Thanks to all @miamiheat fans 4 your patience and support. Go HEAT!”

— Compiled by Barry Stavro