This is a special feature by guest blogger Christopher Sells.
The season has ended. The draft is over. It’s time for the NBA to go into hibernation, right?
Refusing to let their exposure die, the NBA is pressing on through the offseason, most notably by telling us that the NBA summer leagues are things that we must see. Not only are they webcasting the action in Orlando this week, they’re creating hype. Honestly, why is it big news that Michael Beasley and Derrick Rose played each other in a meaningless summer league game? They weren’t even wearing real jerseys. Of course, neither was the summer league team formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics, and that caused a stir as well.
View summer league as the means to scratch that basketball itch and to catch a glimpse of the players who you’ll get to see next season and the guys who are fighting to get invited to training camp in the fall. Despite what you’re being told, it is not a replacement for the real thing.