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The NBA offseason is a time for dreaming

During the season, fans have to live with what is, but the NBA offseason is a time when anything is possible and all your dreams can come true.

The 2021/22 season is over. The results are finalized and while debates about what it means and means can continue, nothing concrete can be changed. However, anything is still possible for the 2022/23 season, which is just around the corner. Some things are more likely than others, but fans aren’t limited as to what they can imagine and hope for NBA off-season. It’s an exciting time when your favorite team could be anything, even the next NBA champion.

Last week was the NBA draft, which is ultimately a night of dreams. That high-level prospect your team drafted? Well, they could be the next big superstar, a transformative franchise player that will carry your team for years to come. That late first-round or second-round pick that nobody was looking forward to? Maybe they are a real diamond in the rough – the next Jordan Poole, or even better, the next Nikola Jokic. You probably aren’t, but for a night, faith is the number one currency.

Maybe your favorite team hasn’t signed a game-changing free agent in years, maybe even decades. Well, this is the opportunity to imagine someone wanting to join your squad, what joy you would get from seeing them and what victories they would bring. Sure, the disappointment that comes when nothing really changes is no fun, but that’s no reason to stop yourself from feeling a bit of hope and joy before the sweeping curtain of reality falls.

There are no limits to what can happen. Maybe the Jazz will retool Rudy Gobert and sell him to the Warriors, where he’ll help Golden State work toward another title. Perhaps D’Angelo Russell’s Wolves will move on and move more fully into the Anthony Edwards era. The Sixers may have cut the bait on pairing James Harden and Joel Embiid after they failed to make the conference finals in their first postseason together. Perhaps John Wall will return to his old form on the clippers and partners with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to become the NBA’s best trio.

You can prioritize fantasy over reality during the NBA offseason

Neither of these things are likely to happen. I would be surprised if any of them did that. But I’ve seen or heard from at least one person speculating (if not fantasizing) about each of these scenarios. It’s a combination of hope, longing, curiosity and desperation to talk about, but there’s still something alluring about the endless possibilities that unfold during the off-season. It might be disappointing for some as they turn into a reality as the season progresses.

Maybe you are a fan of the New York Knicks. The team has been disappointing for over two decades, making it through the first round just once since 2000. There’s no real reason to expect this to be the year that will change. But who cares! You can imagine what you want! Perhaps that long-awaited marquee free agent will finally be lured to the siren song of Madison Square Garden. Perhaps an established star is requesting a trade to New York. Maybe Julius Randle will regain his All-NBA form and maybe Cam Reddish will bring them together and maybe RJ Barrett will take the plunge and maybe Immanuel Quickley is the new John Starks. The Knicks may not actually be back this year, but for now, on your mind, for the next few months, they can be!

For six months, fans must face the brutal reality of their team. There are 82 games and each has its fair share of joys and delights, but when a team is bad, losses pile up and the end results are far from ambiguous. For these competitions, your team is what it is – either a success or a failure, and if it’s a failure, little consolation can be found at that moment. However, in the off-season, your team can be anything. During that time, the Kings don’t have to be the team with the longest active playoff drought; You can be the team of the future if you just squint and believe and have enough irrational hope.

Your team may not be what it could be next year. Chances are they will disappoint you quite often, blowing leads and plays that they shouldn’t. But those problems are in the future and are just potential disappointments for now. For now, however, they can be anything you want to be. The only limit is your imagination and your willingness to let your possibly foolish hopes disappoint you down the line. Only one team will pull up the Larry O’Brien Trophy next summer – why not imagine it will be yours?

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John Verrall

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