All around the NBA, ball racks will be rolled onto practice courts beginning Monday. As far as the summer goes, the league didn't generate much buzz beyond the Bulls' upset victory in the draft lottery.
Then again, calm was probably a good thing, since we all needed time to let the patriotic fervor die down after watching the “Redeem Team” squeak past Pau Gasol and a bunch of borderline NBA players from Spain to claim the Olympic gold medal. Or maybe you didn't stay up until 3 a.m. to watch the game live. Trust me, it was inspiring.
So here's a rundown of the NBA off-season activity. Maybe I'm a tough grader, but I found only two teams that took a significant step forward: