The biggest NBA summer of all time starts this week.
Not to sound overdramatic, but what goes on over the course of the next (enter number here) weeks will alter the history of the league for the next 15 years. Maybe 20. Probably more.
It’s a rare occurrence when a statement like that isn’t complete hyperbole. But not only is it not completely overdramatic, it’s not even an exaggeration. It’s fact.
Unless all three or four of the really big catches (Lebron, Wade, Bosh, Johnson/Stoudemire) decide “you know what, we’re not doing this, lets just resign,” the league will have a different look in October. That’s true for every team, not just the lucky winners of the simultaneous franchise changing sweepstakes. It changes matchups. It changes strengths and weaknesses. It changes the scope of future summers and who goes where in 2011, 2012, and beyond. How is the biggest story of the summer of 2012 not “How 2010 altered Chris Paul’s options drastically?”
Make no mistake; summer 2010 is not your father’s off-season.
Is it even fair to call it an off-season at this point? Can you put together a solid argument that last season mattered more then this off season? This writer doesn’t think so. How about two season ago? Even that’s debatable. Unless your team made the NBA final 8 in either of those two years, it’s hard to argue that no part of you was looking forward to the endless possibilities that this week and beyond will bring. If you root for the Knicks, this summer has been one of the only reasons to keep the faith. That, and maybe Gallo and Wilson Chandler
During the coming days and weeks (hopefully not too many), NBA rumors will be more talked about then ever before. “Did you watch the Mets last night” will be replaced around the water cooler by “did you here what this guy said about what he thinks Lebron might do” or “Wade said this….what do you think it means”
Normally, that kind of talk would be annoying. This summer, however, it becomes especially relevant. In a sports culture based primarily in concrete facts, the air of uncertainty is destined to dominate. If you thought hot-stove baseball was something to behold, get ready for the ultimate in ice-cube basketball. It won’t even compare. Sports, much less the NBA, hasn’t seen anything quite like it.
It’s finally here. Welcome to NBA Summer 2010.
About the Author
Written by Jordan Lauterbach
Jordan Lauterbach began his career in sports media when he was just 15 years old at WKWZ - Syosset. He hosted a sports talk show for nearly four years before moving on to WCWP - Brookville in 2006. Lauterbach currently hosts a sports talk show every Wednesday night from 9pm - midnight (eastern) and a College Football talk show on Saturday mornings from 11am - 12:30 (eastern) (can be heard online at wcwpsports.com and on Long Island on 88.1fm). Follow me on twiiter: jlauterbach1