As of today, there is not going to be a 2011-2012 NBA season thanks to a lockout by the owners.
Unlike the NFL, this has become a Mexican standoff between the NBA players and owners with neither side giving any ground. So instead of us speaking about the upcoming season, we are sitting here searching for other reasons to be happy about the new season.
Instead of all the negative press that faces the NBA players and owners if the season does not happen, why don't we steer our attention to something that will never get locked out, beautiful dancers.
With or without a season, here is a list of the 50 sexiest dance team babes in the NBA, past and present. Enjoy.
The NBA might be at a standstill right now but we can still enjoy a little bit of costuming from one of the sexiest dance teams in the NBA to get started, right?
How about you answer that question after you examine the photo to the left. Thought so.
In Detroit, they have one rule when it comes to dancing, if you do not look like a million bucks, you mine as well be cleaning toilets.
Now that might sound cruel but Stephanie is one of the hottest women in the NBA and she belongs to the Automotion in Detroit. That is all the proof I need.
If not for the Pacers, what else could people do in Indiana besides move somewhere else?
Do not get me wrong, I love the state that gave the rest of the country a reason to hate independent football schools, aka Notre Dame. Thanks but no thanks, I will stick to the NBA for now.
Once the Clippers drafted Blake Griffin, the rest of the NBA knew it would no longer be a bottom feeder. He has single handily brought the Clippers back into prominence.
They only won 32 games but they improved from last season and broke the 30 win mark for the first time in four years thanks to the power slams and dunks from the NBA's most offensive powder keg, Blake Griffin.
For those playing at home, Kellie enjoys winning too!
Alexis knows that if she wants to make a name for herself, she must find a way to pose without a smile.
It almost looks like a cute duck face pose but she held back enough on the duck to keep it as a simple seduction look. I know many guys who would not care if she was smiling or frowning, as long as she was in the room is all that counts.
Will Carmelo Anthony be a Knick again this season? Will he find a way to get traded to the Nets so he can play for the coolest partial owner in sports, Jay-Z?
Does any of these questions matter since the NBA is still in the midst of a labor disagreement that could end the entire season?
We should show the two sides pictures like this one of the New York Knicks dancer, Kelly, to remind them that these people work for the NBA too.
If there was any city in the USA that needs basketball, it has to be San Antonio. They eat, breathe, and sleep Spurs. They love their team more than many other NBA city can claim.
Sofia will always be able to find a job with or without the NBA. She could be Eva Longoria's stunt double but that would be too weird for Tony Parker.
Finally! The Dallas Mavericks win a NBA Title and now, we celebrate. Not me! I am talking about all the Mavs fans around the country.
Most of us would rather watch Mark Cuban run into a glass wall before seeing him celebrate a championship but for the rest of you, congratulations on winning it all. Enjoy the ride, it is a short one unless they have a lockout. Oh wait a tic.
Take a break from the show and enjoy this outfit. This jersey/mini dress was a real thing two years ago during the NBA playoffs.
If only they made these in creole blue and Mardi Gras gold for my New Orleans Honeybees. Then I would be a happy man.
It is not too often we find a professional singer as talented as Shannon Bex on a list like this one. If she looks familiar to you, it is because you have either heard of Danity Kane or love P Diddy.
Shannon was once a dancer for the Portland Trailblazers but realized her true calling, reality television. Since she appeared on Making the Band 3 and toured with the group Danity Kane, her stardom has risen to another level and is now working on her own project, Bex.
Before the end of last season, the New Orleans Hornets were preparing to face the LA Lakers in the first round of the NBA playoffs with no chance of survival.
After traveling to LA and upsetting the Lakers in game one on their homecourt, the Hornets began to believe in themselves. They might not have won the series but they did gain more experience and confidence to take into this season, which probably will never happen.
From Golden State to Dallas, Bonnie Jill Laflin is one of the only women I have ever heard of that has been both an NFL and NBA cheerleader. She is also the first and only female NBA scout for the LA Lakers, a big San Francisco Giants fan, and a former Hooters girl.
Not a bad resume at all.
As a New Orleans native, I find it hard to be unbiased about my Honeybees. They are the sexiest dance team in the NBA...fact!
But I will give the other teams a shot at this list. I will not be as one sided as I could be although Shante is a great person to use to prove a point.
No, it is not Kim Kardashian in a white dress. Although Crystal would clearly not mind being compared to the sexy WAG and socialite.
It must be hard to go around the city of Atlanta as one of the hottest females in the state. I, clearly, do not have this issue.
Who thought I would put a slideshow together this close to Halloween and not include a sexy cupid costume?
Thank you Desiree for sporting the naughty cupid. Millions of fans are also thankful.
In Miami, having an original name is required to make the Miami Heat dance team. I have another example that you will see further down the list.
Ashleya is not too far fetched for a first name, however. It made things easier for me since this list is filled with Ashley's.
There was a time when the LA Clippers were the laughing stock of the NBA. If you saw them on the schedule, you would be grateful for the upcoming victory.
But the Blake Griffin era has begun and the times are changing.
Whenever you want to be a ballerina Jessica, just let us know. I will not only be there but I will...oh wait, I will be there is all I had to say about that.
If I go watch the Nutcracker this Christmas, highly unlikely, they better be wearing something similar.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have jumped from expansion team to one of the best teams in the NBA in almost no time. It seems like only yesterday when the NBA announced Oklahoma would be getting a team and now they are on the cusp of playing for an NBA Title.
If the Thunder play for an NBA title, they will need to stop wearing the same shirts in the stands. It is hurting my head watching those games.
When the Rockets dance team is not jumping through hoops, literally, they are dancing on the sidelines.
If you have never watched a Rockets halftime show, you should. It is incredible. Some of the people jump off a trampoline and go clean through the hoop with the basketball. I saw it happen so do not dispute it.
Here is my perfect scenario:
Beautiful Atlanta Hawks dance team member Jessica - Check
Log Cabin in the woods - Check
Comfy bed - Check
Jessica using a bikini as her pajamas - priceless
Yesenia is another example of the exotic names that follow the Miami Heat dance team.
I am not a fan of names but I am a fan of what this name brings to the table. Yesenia? Yes please.
In Philadelphia, the fans are busy dealing with the underachieving "Dream Team" in the NFL, the Eagles.
The good news for Sixers players, the heat is not on them for a change.
Ok, I could not do that if I was triple jointed and dislocated both my legs. If I tried it, something would split and it would not be pretty.
Give Bonnie credit, she is doing it while standing up. Golf claps all around.
You can not spell Miami without an A. Ashely Z., as she is known on the Miami Heat dance team website, carries a couple of great friends with her to all the home games.
Not sure what friends? Just analyze the photo once more and you will get it.
The New Jersey Nets have some time before the 2011 season begins, since the first few weeks are already cancelled, before having to figure out who to sign in free agency.
If I was Jay-Z, I would not let my Nets play another game in New Jersey this year and wait until next season when the Brooklyn Nets will roam the streets. It is not like he will be losing anything with a possible season long lockout in the works.
Denver meet Didi. Didi meet Denver.
Didi is a new member of the Denver Nuggets dance team and has more nicknames than an And 1 exhibition. She goes by the names: Deeds, Deeders, Speedy, Did, Beast...
Those are the only nicknames the Denver Nuggets wanted to mention, she has several more but I am going to keep on calling her Did because that is a real bad girl nickname.
I once lived in Orlando and I can easily say that the Orlando area is an untapped goldmine. There is more talent per capita in Orlando than any other city I have lived in my entire life.
There are a high percentage of women that look like Emmy. I am not talking about hot women, I am talking about smoking hot women too. It is a great place to visit. Trust me folks.
Jaclyn Sabol is a former New Jersey Nets dancer and is now a full fledged Nets guru. She spends most of her time working for the Nets doing various things such as being the Nets emcee for events.
Last year she had brain surgery and is back and kicking it today. She does not look like she has had brain surgery but then again who does?
No, this is not the Giselle you were thinking. She is not married to Tom Brady, although I would think she would not mind being married to him now. Nor is she on the cover of millions of magazines.
She is, however, a New Orleans Hornets dancer and is repping my city with a beautiful smile and rocking body. That is all we need to know.
Golden is not a state but when you combine the words Golden and State, you form a basketball team. Krystal knows what I am talking about.
The Golden State Warriors have found a way to survive in a state that features 83 other professional teams, California, without being named after the city they are in, Oakland. Can you name any other teams that do not include their city name in the title?
Redheads have more fun. Period.
I can spout off a list of about 25 beautiful redheads that have a reputation for having too much fun but decided that I would rather not give out my people just yet.
Maybe Casey might know of a few of them. She is, after all, a beautiful redhead.
Rachel loves to take long walks on the beach, listen to Jimmy Buffet, consume drinks with little umbrella's in them, and eat seafood.
Ok, maybe I made all that stuff up but from the looks of this photo, it is probably not too far of a stretch.
This would be your intermission.
I would appreciate it if you take this time to refill your drinks, grab some more popcorn, or just get up and stretch before returning for the home stretch.
If you get some popcorn, please share. Do not Bogart the food folks.
The new look Washington Wizards have only one player that everyone already knows, John Wall.
I will give you a Buffalo nickel if you can name three more players from their roster without using the internet. Go ahead and give it a shot, you might even get lucky.
In a world where times are tough, people are homeless, and jobs are harder than ever to get, we still have the Golden State Warriors dance team member Samantha.
She seems to make everything better in a difficult time for America. Just keep on smiling and we will find a way to feel better Samantha, thanks.
In Jacksonville, the fans do not attend the football games. They stay at home and complain about life.
In New Jersey, the fans show up for the games only to complain about how unlucky they are because no one wants to play for them.
Everyone should shut up and enjoy the ride, I know Ashley is.
Put aside the NBA lockout for a minute. Let's just discuss what will happen next season when Dwight Howard is a free agent.
He will be wearing a New Orleans Hornets jersey and that is no joke. He will join up with Chris Paul for a run at a title that he will win if he makes his way to the Big Easy. Sorry Magic fans.
Too bad we will not be able to see our favorite NBA dancers sporting the Halloween gear this year because the season is already cancelled for the first few weeks.
If things continue down this path, we might not even have an All-Star game.
Everyone meet Ashley from Philadelphia. She is sexy, beautiful, and hot. Those are three things all men look for in an NBA dancer.
She makes the Sixers watchable for me, a Hornets fan. The best part, she is not even from Philly. She is a Georgia woman from Hotlanta.
Thank you Bethany for being hot and working for the Cleveland Cavaliers. There are only a few women on that roster worthy of making a list like this.
I wonder if the Cavs fans are still angry about the King James thing still. If so, get over it, players are going to leave your team. It is no longer funny to watch how you will react, it is just plain sad.
Michael Jordan is doing a great job in Charlotte these days. They might have fallen backwards after last season's disappointing finish where they did not even make the playoffs as they did in 2009.
In three years time, the Charlotte Bobcats are going to win a playoff series. It is a bold statement but when it happens, you will remember the time I told you about it. Or you will forget it and remember the hot women.
The economy is not doing too well. People are not happy with the way the government is being run and it is beginning to show in Washington.
The Wizards still have one of the sexiest dance teams, as a whole, in the NBA with Erin being their top cat. She is a gorgeous blonde with loads of ambition and a body that never quits.
There are always things to do in Orlando besides the NBA and the Orlando Magic.
Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World, Downtown Disney, and City Walk are only a few of the long list of places to go if the NBA season does not happen this year.
Lyndsay might be finding her way to the beach if anyone is wondering.
Again, the Indiana Pacers have little things to be happy about these days. They have finally started to win again but they are not winning in the playoffs. That is the only time it truly counts!
Jenna is sporting the sheriff deputy outfit to guide her Pacers towards an NBA championship I would assume.
How can I not select Ashley, from the Boston Celtics, as one of the sexiest NBA dancers? Especially when she prances around in the sexiest and shortest school girl outfit allowed by law.
She might not want you to stare but it is hard to notice anything else with a body like that.
Lacey loves to party. She loves to dress in tight black mini dresses and tease all the men in the United States. How does that make her any different then all other sexy women?
She has the advantage of being seen by thousands of people on a nightly basis in Charlotte. Too bad no one goes to the games to take that advantage.
I was going to consider Destiny as the sexiest female dancer in the world but then realized I still had two more women to consider.
Regardless of how I rank the following three women, this was the closest finish in sexy slideshow history. It was a last minute decision and could have gone either way. The photos speak for themselves.
Odaymis should have a line of clothing, perfume, or something like that with her name as the title. The name is legendary among the NBA dance teams, Odaymis.
The name stands for perfection on a basketball court. She shakes like Shakira and moves like J-Lo. With a body like hers, and a backside I might add, she has nothing to stress about during this lockout. She can find something to do with her time.
What hasn't Ashley Bond done?
She graduated from University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science, worked for the Walt Disney World company, was named Miss Illinois USA 2009, is the host of Powerade Zero Fit Club, and even has her own blog, Body by Bond.
She can now add being named sexiest NBA dance team babe of 2011. I know I would.
Follow her @MisILAshleyBond