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Kevin Martin heads to the gym (and other lockout reactions)

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Just like NBA fans, NBA players were shocked and excited early Saturday morning. (No, not like that. What is wrong with you people?)

When a bleary-eyed David Stern and Billy Hunter sat side-by-side in a NYC conference room about 3:30 Saturday morning to announce a deal, the NBA players who were up got the news and sounded like guys ready to go back to work.

Rockets guard Kevin Martin had a good line in talking with Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated — and a great reaction to the news.

“I had to turn on the NBA channel and then I realized that what [former Sacramento head coach] Reggie Theus said about nothing good happening after 2 a.m. wasn’t so true after all,” said Martin, the eight-year veteran who publicly called for an end to the lockout in early November. “I was just happy that there was a breakthrough and that we have a chance to do what we love to do.”

So naturally, he did just that — almost immediately. An hour later, Martin, who wasn’t about to go back to sleep, was working out in his favorite local gym.

Most NBA players took to twitter to express their joy.

There is this tweet from Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 overall pick set to start his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“The journey now begins!!”

And then there are these three tweets from Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and Hassan Whiteside.




Report: Employees of Nets, 76ers told to get ready to work

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There are times I feel like we are going a little Fox Mulder with the lockout, trying to find signs that it is about to end where no such sign exists.

And then there are things that just hit you over the head.

Like the emails sent to employees of the Nets and 76ers, as reported at Deadspin.

The New Jersey Nets ticket sales office, idle for most of the fall, is holding a series of hastily called meetings today under the theme “Be Ready.” One staffer tells us that a department-wide email has been circulated, instructing employees that “it’s time to get back to work.” The short-staffed 76ers’ team office has been told that Monday will be “all hands on deck,” as per orders from the league.

Yes, these kind of letters have gone out from several teams earlier in the lockout, trying to keep employees on their toes. Yes, there are still big issues to be solved — BRI and luxury tax issues. Yes, one should never underestimate the power of Dan Gilbert to screw a good thing up.

That said, I think pretty soon we will be talking basketball, not lockout. Which would be a nice change of pace.