NBA Lockout Over, Sixers to Begin Training Camp December 9

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Now that the NBA Lockout is finally over it's time for the Philadelphia 76ers to start thinking training camp and free agency. The new owners will have to make some tough decisions right away.

The grueling five-month NBA lockout has finally ended and a shortened, 66-game schedule is set to begin on Christmas Day. NBA training camps and NBA free agency will begin December 9. 

Kate Fagan of Deep Sixer has more details from a Sixers perspective:

The Sixers will hold training camp at their practice facility, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Although there's nothing definitive yet about the Sixers' 66-game schedule for the 2011-12 season, the Sixers will begin the season on the road.

The shortened off-season will be a crucial time for the Sixers, especially for a new ownership group who has owned the team for less than two months. They're already forced to make tough decisions regarding Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes – both of whom are restricted free agents. Hawes started 81 games at center for the Sixers last season and Thaddeus Young averaged 13 points and 5 rebounds for one of the league's most prolific benches. A mishandling of either player – Thaddeus Young in particular – could set the franchise back years. 

From free agency, to finding a new mascot, the Sixers new owners will be thrown into the fire immediately. I guess that's why they brought the Fresh Prince on board.

-- For more on the conclusion of the lockout Sixers news visit our blog, Liberty Ballers.

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