After using every public moment to play the Grinch over a 149-day period, the NBA has decided they won't be giving us all D-League sweaters as the lone reminder of the 2011-12 season after all. Rather, with a tentative agreement to end the lockout, it offers us the present of true NBA basketball to unwrap Christmas Day.
The Western Conference runner-up Oklahoma City Thunder will have to wait a little longer to learn where and when they will open their season, but when they do, Kevin Durant and company will be chomping at the bit to get back on the court in an attempt to make their first NBA Finals.
With free agency and training camps set to open on the same day, Dec. 9, an abbreviated preseason and the regular-season beginning Dec. 25, the atmosphere around the NBA is about to get frantic.
Given the nature of this hectic timeframe, a shortened 66-game season and word leaking out about likely back-to-back-to-back games...where does the Thunder stand?
In as few words as possible: ...