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NBA players and owners breathe tweets of relief

With the news of a labor deal for the NBA, Pau Gasol sees a light, Shane Battier gets excited about free agency, and Chris Kaman tells his Clippers teammates that he's bringing deer meat to L.A.

November 26, 2011
  • When last we saw Lakers power forward Pau Gasol, he was battling future NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks.
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

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