When last we saw Lakers power forward Pau Gasol, he was battling future NBA… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)
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