Representatives for the NBA and its players will meet on Monday, in their first discussions in over a month, but beyond that all signs regarding this lockout are pretty dour. Players are fleeing the country and figurative trenches are being dug. If you're Clippers center Chris Kaman(notes), you're probably digging a literal trench, somewhere in Michigan.
Even with all this bad news, you have to keep an open mind, a cheerful heart, and not let the anger get to you. You can't have a meltdown, despite the summer heat.
You can't do what Dennis Scott did, back in 1997:
"Scott then left in his truck saying he was going to meet a friend." My cheeks still hurt from laughing.
Stay cool, NBAniks.