Finally, some relief: Real basketball begins today.


See if you can guess what I’ll be doing today. It’s craft beer and the NBA, with the only question being which Chinese carry-out joint is open?

NBA Kicks Off Shortened Season On Christmas Day, by Linda Wertheimer and Tom Goldman (NPR; includes link to audio) 

Men’s professional basketball was on a long break because of the lockout. But on Christmas Day, the NBA season begins with a five-game package featuring exciting teams and glittering superstars. There’s a rematch between defending champion Dallas and everyone’s favorite team to hate — the Miam Heat.

Photo credit and an excellent remembrance at The History Rat blog