The day we feared might never arrive is here - the Utah Jazz open the 2011-12 NBA season in Los Angeles against the Lakers (8:30 p.m., TNT).
To make up for lost time - and to squeeze in as many games as possible - this is the first of four games in five nights and six games in eight nights. That's what happens when you have a work stoppage that stretches on for months.
Given the alternative, which would have been no season at all, this lockout-shortened season looks pretty good.
Elsewhere on TV ...
College football: Little Caesar's Bowl - Purdue vs. Western Michigan (2:30 p.m., ESPN); Belk Bowl - Louisville vs. North Carolina State (6 p.m. ESPN)
Men's college basketball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Cal State San Marcos at BYU
The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Caroline Kennedy hosts the presentations for this year's honorees - singer Barbara Cook, singer Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist Sonny Rollins and actress Meryl Streep.