The month of August is hot, humid and hellish for a basketball fiend. There’s nothing going on, no fresh news to cover and it’s hard to come up with things to write about. A lot of content depends on the ability to get players/front office peeps on the phone. Something that can be difficult during the season, in the summer it can be damn near impossible. So, what do I spend my day doing? Good question. Sometimes the reality of it hurts my heart because I come up with dead ends when I just want to find some news that I can pass along to you.

Here’s a brief rundown of how I’ve spent this past week:

— I spent a few days trying to track down Big Baby’s number after he graced us with his fantastic video teaching us how to dougie. I’m also slightly embarrassed to admit how much I’ve watched this video. This search for his contact info has taken forever and is considerably more time than I’ve ever spent trying to track down someone’s phone number. Maybe that’s why I’m not great at it. Alas, the search continues.

— I spend way too much time going through Getty Images, looking for things that could be good ideas for a photo post. My newest obsession is with track suits from the early 90′s. You know, the track suits that bring back glorious memories of Brent Barry in the ’96 dunk contest. 1996 was a damn good year for the NBA, wasn’t it?

— A good chunk of the day is spent texting and emailing with other writers/bloggers/agents and NBA peeps as we float ideas back and forth, exchange info and links and of course, track down phone numbers. I’m learning it’s all about the digits in this business. I already don’t like this part, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to change any time soon.

— Watching NBATV replays of the best games from the past season is fun … until you realize just how much you miss the regular season and then you just feel depressed.

— A few times a day I feel inadequate when someone else posts a killer piece that makes me wonder: A) Why didn’t I think of that? B) What the hell am I going to write? and C) How many more days until preseason?

Bugging my rumored boyfriend (emphasis on rumored, no romance between Melas and myself) Tas Melas, J.E. Skeets, Scott Carefoot and crew over at the The Score by email/text/Twitter, trying to come up with story ideas. Shout out to them for putting up with me.

— Making more calls to try and track down the validity of Internet rumors that end up popping up every few seconds. While I’m thankful every day for this lovely world wide web, basketball rumors could drive a person crazy. Especially when they change before you get finished asking about them.

— Growing more thankful for Twitter. Before the days of social media, the NBA offseason was so much more quiet. I’m sure some media members are on the other side of the fence here, but for me, it’s a gift to be able to discuss withdrawal symptoms with fellow bloggers/journalists/fans/players while also feeling like I’m still in the loop reading about training and pick-up leagues and the like. Twitter, you own a piece of my heart forever.

— Checking Sham Sports and HoopsHype to try to get all of the offseason moves straight in my mind and to marvel over the fact that Rashard Lewis is making more money this season than every NBA player not named Kobe Bryant. Ooof. That doesn’t even seem possible.

— Splitting my time between NBA and Canada Basketball and then feeling guilty about not fully staying up on USAB. Spreading my wings a little bit and taking in some high school action that I don’t normally get time for during the regular season is fun, actually. Maybe the only plus to the offseason.

— Writing posts like these while I continue to hope and pray for some NBA news to break or for some of these players to call me back. I promise more entertaining content soon! Even if I’ve gotta make the news myself.

What’s important though, is that I wouldn’t change a second … except for getting players to call when they say they will and speeding up the wait until preseason.

Tell me, how are you all surviving the offseason?

Comments (19)

  1. I love all your recent posts, Holly!

    I too, watched the Big Baby video more than once, am dodging boyfriend rumors and am sad Dwight Howard never returns my calls.

    Come on, October 26th!!!

  2. @Jenny: Hahaha, you made me LOL :) I’m glad you’re enjoying the posts. I’m having fun writing here with the Jones boys. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. The dougie video is dangerous…. You get sucked in and can’t stop watching until it’s over.

    Update on the Big Baby # search: He has @ replied to every tweet mentioning his name, even when I was making fun of the video…. but when I asked if he’d be down to do a q/a…. SILENCE. Guess he just wants to enjoy his offseason. haha argh.

  3. Wow, Rashard Lewis is the second highest paid player in the league while Brandon Bass is lost in obscurity of SVG’s bench? That is probably something that should have been left alone as it is embarrassing. At least you live in Toronto because here in Dallas the high has been in the 100′s (30′s, i think, in Celcius) since mid July. Good luck on finding Glen Davis’ number. Maybe you should try and get Bass’ or one of his other LSU teammates. Be glad you are established because breaking in hard to do.Hit the pool, have a drink, and be glad Isiah Thomas isn’t friends with Bryan Colangelo.

  4. I feel the same. It’s so boring around this time in the NBA. No big news or nothing. I do have to say during the offseason I can catch up on some of my favorite shows that I missed during the season. For now I’m covering the WNBA and the playoffs that are coming soon.

    October please get here soon!

  5. I loved those warm-up shirts those players used to wear in ’96. Sad that they only used those for that season only.

    I feel you about not knowing what to write about. My brain is overworked and then I end up thinking of pop song lyrics that I’m going to torture people with.

    I also dodge boyfriend rumors all the time, too!

  6. Rashard Lewis, dude’s getting paid.

    Brandon Bass? He’s stuck at the end of van Gundy’s bench because he’s the worst player in his position on the team.

    I’m surviving the offseason by obssessing about the salary cap implications of EVERY SINGLE TRADE RUMOUR anyone comes up with regarding the Magic. Fortunately, 99% of them involve Chris Paul so I only really need to have Sham’s Hornets and Magic pages up at any one time.

  7. I’ve been asking all the NBA heads what three teams do you think would have the most interest in signing Allen Iverson either prior to or during this up coming season? It’s tough to find roster matches for him assuming he accepts a bench role ala Vinnie Johnson style. My list is…
    1. Knicks
    2. Cavs
    3. Clippers

  8. Off season=moderately depressed state. I find myself staring at anyone in a basketball jersey. I’m sure people think i’m strange. And I’m hoping Canada will at least show some of the Team USA games. I too have watched Big Baby Davis and Nate Robinsons Dougie videos way more then one person should. And I’m also no closer to being able to do this dance myself. I do find some satisfaction in the hilarious back and forth tweets from some of my favorite ballers.

  9. How am I surviving?
    Well, I’m back home and I’m reading your post (2AM here in Italy)… and I’m l2ms reading about Sheed’s mom. Tomorrow I’ll take my talents to Sorrento’s Beach.

  10. Rashard deserves all that bank – have you SEEN him make a blind over the head shot at pop a shot?

    worth every penny.

  11. Man, the offseason has been so tough on me as well. While it could have turned out to be a very dramatic and eventful summer, after “The Decision,” which was a bit anticlimactic itself, the offseason hasn’t had too much to offer.
    Gotta say I didn’t know Rashard was the 2nd highest paid player, really surprising, although a lot of that has to do with the new “big 3″ taking less money to play on the same team, I guess.
    Either way, I hope you’re able to get through the offseason!

  12. How about some news from the WNBA?

  13. @LDR4 it’s been foolishly humid here the past few weeks. To put it into perspective, I preferred the heat in Vegas to the humidity here this summer!
    @Chelsea I feel like I never know enough about the WNBA to get as invested into it, but maybe that’s just because I haven’t put the time in. I’m bummed about Candace Parker being injured, though. Her Twitter and Tweetphotos make me day.
    @Drewski As a Magic fan, what are your thoughts on Vince’s time on your team?
    @Kris, I hope he signs somewhere and not only says the right hings, but does them as well. There are a lot of young guys who could certainly learn from him if he’d allow himself to be a teacher/seasoned vet who comes off of the bench.
    @Marco, appreciate you reading so late into the night. Haha. Wish I was in Italy!
    @Chris, thanks for the link.
    @Tamara If I had as much access to a team I’d probably be more into it. For WNBA coverage, you should check out Ben York, who writes about the league for SLAMonline. He’s also on Facebook and links all of his stuff there. Awesome coverage.

  14. did Tas start that rumour holly?

    and tru that on watching replays… especially replays of major reconstructed teams that are playing and then you are like “wait that’s not even the team anymore” and then picturing how the new team plays… really wish for the season to open


  16. Iverson should join leboshade down in florida,it gives him the best shot at winning that elusive ring he hast been able to win!Leboshade all the way to the house!!

  17. Goggle leboshade and watch videos from leboshade!

  18. This off season has been especially brutal with all the trades going on, I really can’t wait to see how everything pans out! I’m a Lakers fan and I’m beyond excited about the moves we’ve made, I just wanna see purple and gold on court already!

    Other than slowly waiting for the season to come…the best ways I’ve dealt with it was just to watch games on NBATV, and youtube a lot of the 1980-2000 playoff series and finals games. It’s good because it really reminded me how truly amazing Olajuwan is, definitely one of the best C’s in the game, and rewatching the classic Stockton/Malone pick and rolls is a thing of beauty.

    Playing Basketball (and I mean LOTS and LOTS) definitely helps get my mind off of it a bit too!

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