If you're a fan of All-Star game-type basketball, charity games, summer leagues and defense-optional play, then we have something for you.
(Recent polling shows that you're not a fan of any of the things I listed above, but given the absence of actual NBA basketball, this is apparently what you'll have to settle for.)
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will team up to run in a charity game in South Florida during the first week of October. Beyond that, the stars will align:
A number of NBA players are slated to join the Miami trio on the court, including fellow Heat teammate Mario Chalmers, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, the New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul, the Washington Wizards' John Wall, the Atlanta Hawks' Jamal Crawford and Joe Johnson, the Houston Rockets' Jonny Flynn, the Los Angeles Clippers' Eric Bledsoe, the Dallas Mavericks' Caron Butler, the Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay, the Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo, the Philadelphia 76ers' Lou Williams, the Golden State Warriors' Dorell Wright, and the Portland Trail Blazers' Wesley Matthews and free agent Eddy Curry.
"Free agent Eddy Curry." Hee hee. Also, Isiah Thomas will coach this game, which is apparently legal and cool with the NCAA.
This will apparently be one game, and Broussard reports that players are being turned away because too much roster depth could lead to too much sitting down for potential bench players, and none of these preeners want to sit on the bench for too long.
Of course, any of these players could be slumming with Derek Fisher right now, trying to figure out the best way to sustain a solid middle class amongst NBA contracts while giving NBA owners a chance to expect profitability while still signing star players to max contracts. But, nah, let's fire up some threes in South Beach.
Enjoy your autumn, NBA fans. You know the NBA's ex-players will. Until their checks stop coming in November, at least.