If you believe the reports, we might just have a 2011-2012 NBA season. After running the emotional gamut from denial to rage and finally near indifference, is it finally time to start thinking about the Sixers in a meaningful way? Or maybe we shouldn't get our hopes up.
I think I'm going to hold off on the full court press to get ready for the season until we have something more concrete to go on, but I will say I'm encouraged by the recent news (check out my latest on the lockout over at SB Nation Philly.). Nothing is imminent, and I have a feeling we'll have plenty of time to go over everything with a fine-toothed comb from the time a deal is in place until the free agency period finally opens, but I will admit I felt a pang of panic when I first heard someone say we might not miss any games. I felt totally unprepared.
If/when the lockout ends, we're going to have plenty to cover here in a short period of time, almost as much as the new owners will have to do in order to get ready for the season. I thought a to-do list might help:
- Analyze the new CBA, figure out what it means for the Sixers and their short and long term financial outlook
- Make a decision on Thad
- Rescind Hawes' qualifying offer
- Find two centers for the veteran's minimum on the free agent market
- Explore trade options for everyone on the roster (the new CBA might just have some teams looking to make moves)
- Finally, talk about some on-the-court basketball. What will the rotation look like? What will Turner's role be? Will there be any changes to the starting lineup? Will Vucevic even be stateside for the start of the season? Does it matter if he is? Catch up on terrible Lou Williams videos on YouTube. Et cetera
So here's a the key question for you guys: Am I getting my hopes up too early? Will the billionaires and millionaires crush my spirits in the coming weeks or will we have a game thread on Wednesday, November 2nd for the Sixers opener in Toronto?