Normally around this time, NBA players are on their way back from vacation ready to start training camp.
Unfortunately, there is a gridlocked impasse between the players' union, led by Billy Hunter and L.A. Laker Derek Fisher, and the owners represented by Commissioner David Stern, Deputy Adam Silver and San Antonio Owner Peter Holt.
With no solution as of the last few days, there was no choice other than to cancel the first two weeks of the NBA regular season.
The players and owners tried unremittingly to put off their differences for so long, but time eventually caught up to both sides, leaving the parties in a state of panicked disarray.
NBA analysts augured the inevitable as far back as two years ago and now here we are without a resolution for not just the players and owners but the fans.
NBA fanatics are biting their fingernails worse than Lebron James in a hotly-contested game. Across the nation, there have been withdrawals and anxiety-ridden hair-pulling in response to the impending void.
Not just any void, however, but a crater that reaches down into the abyss of their wistful hearts.
Yet there is a solution to their malaise. No, I'm not referring to psychiatric medication, meditation or even Pilates.
The cure lies right around the corner, set to begin around the same time the NBA season was set to blast off.
Of course, the answer is NCAA College Basketball, which is primed to reap a multitude of benefits in the NBA's seeming absence...