Nov 25

Finally, It's tentatively Over

By Kassandra Posted in: Blazers

I've always hated the word "tentative."

It's meant to be a positive term in a contract negotiations of any time. A tentative agreement is supposed to provide a sense of optimism. Often it does. In the case of Saturday morning's tentative agreement between the NBA owners and players, we certainly hope so. 

The agreement gives the league the confidence to go forward on plans for a 66-game season to begin with a triple-header on Christmas Day. There were originally scheduled three games to be played that day. It's not been revealed if it will be the same three match-ups or if the schedule will be reworked in some way.

A lot of details will be revealed in the coming days.

That's all dependent upon each side ratifying the tentative agreement amongst their prospective organizations. Both commissioner David Stern and players association president Billy Hunter are each optimistic that those ratifications will happen.

Training camps would open on December 9, with Stern indicating that a free agency period would begin at about the same time.

There has been much debate over who should give in when if comes to negotiations. The players certainly have made the major concessions. The owners have apparently agreed to enough system issues that the tentative agreement became possible.

But this agreement comes not only as welcome news to players, owners -- and even fans. We will soon be able to hear one more thing.

Our friends with the Blazers -- Adam Bjaranson, Casey Holdahl, Mike Barrett, Mike Rice, Brian Wheeler, Antonio Harvey, and Sportlandia's Greg Nibler and Sarah X. Dylan will finally once again to be able to talk about the current players on their shows without the threat of the gag order preventing them from doing so for the past 149 days. That may not be able to happen for a few more days, but it will happen. Blazer employees will also will be able to do the same on this site.

It's been great to reflect on teams of the past but -- and that's a great off-season filler -- but getting to business as usual is what fans really want. 

It's going to be a crammed 29 days with getting the ready for the season. The bottom line is that the league is moving forward.

And isn't that why we all come here?


In Kassandra's Words features regular blogs throughout the year. Comments and questions are welcome and encouraged. Seasons begin and end, but our Blazers are forever. Please follow on twitter: @Kassandra227


  1. Hey Kassandra:

    just last night I wrote about about you putting out a new blog on MB's last blog.
    I just wrote that it must have been your input to the blog that got the ball rolling or in this case dribbling.
    Then I checked my e-mail and you have a new blog out. Is this Kassandra where amazing things happen or do you just show up at a great time LOL?Nevertheless this will not dampen my spirit of you being the MB blogging queen.
    I thank you for your new blog.

    IMO, the reason this is just a tentative deal is because the union disbandment. once the union gets reformed and ratified by the players then they can work on ratification of the deal and make the famous hand shake. But as you said, it is all about moving forward now.

    Do you think we will keep BRoy?
    Will Felton be able to fit in?
    Will we be able to get DowntownVinnie to quit blabbering about Dre LOL?
    Will you be able to watch games and study for the finals, post on MB blog respond to your own blog, listen the The up and Adam show, Just Casey, and all those great things? You will be busy my Lass no doubt. But I know you can handle it.

    by Hg on 11/26/2011 3:01 AM
  2. Hg! i've been a little more active today on here than usual lately, but i'm on vacation! i was actually working on another blog to post here (which is done, but not going to be posted until monday or tuesday). it was a little after midnight when all the reporters, basketball websites and others that i follow started blowing up my twitter with news of the agreement. first it was one reporter and i wasn't sure, then it was another. like i said, twitter blew up once this news became known.

    i don't think it will take long to reassemble the union. it's just a matter of both sides doing what it takes to ratify the agreement. i know that there is still a ways to go. i'm confident that it is no longer a longs way to go

    as my brother and i have been celebrating via beer over the past three hours, i don't even want to get into the questions!

    by Kassandra on 11/26/2011 3:28 AM
  3. I Thank you Miss Kassandra, It sounds fair to me to wait for a while to answer my questions. It is not like new questions, so ya, have a beer on me and celebrate, me, I will go have another cuppa and some left over pie.

    by Hg on 11/26/2011 3:47 AM
  4. my brother's wife keeps challenging us to slam beer. my mom and her mom think it's funny, and Brian and i were raised never to resist a challenge!

    by Kassandra on 11/26/2011 3:50 AM
  5. Well Miss Kassandra, it is your head-ache. I have been there, done that, I will stick with coffee and pie LOL. continue to have a great time because it is great to have you back.

    by Hg on 11/26/2011 4:01 AM
  6. no headache yet. i feel pretty good. just having fun is all.

    by Kassandra on 11/26/2011 5:26 AM
  7. Great, that is what life is about. having fun. Oh, I took a nap.

    by Hg on 11/26/2011 6:33 AM
  8. This is such great news. 66 games is pretty good. it should give us plenty of opportunities to host some Blazer watching parties in the dorm! I can totally believe you hanging out with Brian like that. Go go, Crazy Girl!

    by julianne on 11/26/2011 2:41 PM
  9. @julianne

    Hi! good to hear from you again. Are you and Kassandra still roommates?

    by Hg on 11/26/2011 3:21 PM
  10. Hey! Yes, We set that up last spring. Can't imagine having a different roommate!

    by julianne on 11/26/2011 3:43 PM
  11. I hope it is ratified. I think the league would have a hard time getting fans interested again. I like what you said about the agreement being tentative. We'll have to wait and see if that is passes. Can't believe you were on this so quickly, Kasey!

    by milwaukiejessi on 11/27/2011 11:24 AM
  12. great blog as always kasey...glad you had some beer time with your brother and family...it is a step in the right direction...lets hope it gets ratified..but I try not to count my chickens til they hatch...anyhow lets hope we get to see games soon and get to hear our broadcasting freinds that we so dearly love...and that we can get back to talking business...should be interesting what they come up with on a schedule...I have heard they are going to revise the schedule...gonna miss some players that are no longer going to be playing...gonna miss patty the most!! wish he had not gone to china!

    by oregongal47 view (TG) on 11/27/2011 12:41 PM
  13. i posted it on twitter to remind fans this was is tentative...which usually does mean good but one never knows...

    by oregongal47 view (TG) on 11/27/2011 12:42 PM
  14. My only hope is that Dictator (errrrr! Commissioner) Stern doesn't screw the Blazers with a sucky schedule.

    by blazerdarren77 on 11/27/2011 9:34 PM
  15. Jules: i can't imagine either.

    Jessica: thanks. long story about that, but you already know it!

    TG: it's just that; not just the players and games, but our friends within the organization! gonna be glad to get back to business as usual!

    Darren: but see, you know he will if possible!

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 11/29/2011 4:19 PM
  16. Nice to get back around and read another of your blogs Kass! Of course a great job done as always and hopefully this will no longer be tentative real soon and we can get some games going again! I'll be stopping by here for some good company anytime I find myself at the house watching a Blazers game for sure! Look forward to seeing you Kass, Mado, and everyone else here who has been so awesome, friendly and welcoming. (all of you) I guess I will speak to you all a lot more sometime after Christmas! Tentatively...

    by mega on 11/30/2011 11:15 PM
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