NBA Lockout Ends: What Hollywood Is Saying

Kobe Bryant
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The Lakers’ shooting guard’s $24.8 million annual salary ($4 million more than any other player in the league) combined with lucrative endorsement deals brought Bryant’s total earnings to $53 million and a #14 ranking on the list.

Will Arnett, Taraji P. Henson, Donnie Wahlberg and Holly Robinson Peete are among those weighing on in the news that the delayed basketball season could begin Christmas Day.

Basketball fans were celebrating the news Saturday that the NBA season will likely kick off Christmas day after players and owners reached a tentative agreement to end the 149-day lockout.

"We want to play basketball," Commissioner David Stern said.

The sides hope to begin the delayed season with a marquee tripleheader Dec. 25. Most of a season that seemed in jeopardy of being lost entirely will be salvaged if both sides approve the handshake deal.

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Barring a change in scheduling, the 2011-12 season will open with the Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, followed by Miami at Dallas in an NBA finals rematch before MVP Derrick Rose and Chicago visiting Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

Neither side provided many specifics about the deal, and there are still legal hurdles that must be cleared before gymnasiums are open again.

Still, many in Hollywood were cheering the news Saturday, hitting Twitter to express their enthusiasm that the NBA season isn't completely dead or just make jokes about the whole thing. Among the tweets:

Will Arnett (Up All Night)
"What? There was an NBA lockout?"- Entire population of planet Earth.

Taraji P. Henson (Person of Interest):
WHAT U SAY NOW the NBA is BACK???!!! Woooohooooo GOD IS GREAT!!! During the lockout I was hurting so bad couldn't eeeen tweet about it!

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Donnie Wahlberg (Blue Bloods):
Now that the NBA lockout is over... Maybe the fans, who get sh*t on, should have their own lockout? Their [sic] fighting over OUR money after all!

Holly Robinson Peete (Mike & Molly):
Remember the end of NBA lockout means ALOT of jobs restored not just about rich players, owners and lawyers #goodthing

Tyrese Gibson (Transformers: Dark of the Moon):
The NBA lock-out is OVER

Bill Bellamy (Lottery Ticket):
The NBA Lockout is over!! Yes! Lawd Is Good! Yesterday was Black Friday! now we have Black Basketball!!! Gotta Love it!!

Felicia Day (Eureka):
Oh, basketball is back on Christmas! That's kind of a nice present for people 🙂

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Touré, host of Fuse's Hiphop Shop and On the Record and contributor to MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show:
NBA players and owners reached a tentative deal to end the lockout. If ratified, a 66-game season will start on Christmas Day.

NFL Network's Rich Eisen:
Kris involved in both RT @CaughtOffBase: NBA lockout lasted twice as long as Kim Kardashian's marriage, but cost half as much. #AlmostTrue

Gavin Purcell, producer on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon:
NBA lockout to end! Kardashian dating season to begin!

Bill Simmons, editor of ESPN's
What a morning - my son let us sleep until 7:45 and I just found out the NBA lockout is over!

The Associated Press contributed to this report.