The dog days of the NBA summer are (nearly) upon us. The draft and the Summer League are well in the rear view, the free-agent pool has all but dried up and basketball at the 2012 London Olympics will be done faster than you can say, "Team USA did what?!"
Now comes the dreaded wait for preseason training camps to tip off in the fall.
Well, maybe not so dreaded for everyone. If you shutter to think of hearing any more about Dwight Howard's ongoing "Indecision," then yes, these coming weeks will more than likely be a drag on your existence.
But if your favorite team was one of those that went about its offseason business in a productive and constructive way, then the only agony with which you'd be concerned is that which accompanies fevered anticipation.
Hope may spring eternal, but it certainly won't die in the heat of the summer. Not for these five teams, anyway.