25 ways to spend these summer months without NBA basketball

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With the exception of a few small things, the NBA season is now in its dormant stages. Dear god, what are we going to do now?

Summer is great and all, but there is a flaw. Once the NBA draft happens, Summer League completes, and free agency dies down, NBA fans are left in an unenviable position of “not a lot of stuff is happening.”

It’s depressing. Sure long days are nice, and ice cream is good, and thunderstorms can be neat, but all of that is overshadowed by a lack of NBA basketball. It permeates everything.

“Want to have a barbecue?”

“No, there are no NBA games until October, and I’d rather be dead.”

That’s how most conversations around this time go, if we’re being honest. The idea of watching the MLB just makes it worse.

I say all this to tell you I feel this pain with you. You’re not alone, and neither am I, and together we can make it through. The pain can be mitigated somewhat. Distraction isn’t always the best solution to a problem, but in this case what else can really be done?

I’ve tried really hard to keep an open mind about things to do without the NBA. It wasn’t easy, but I think I’ve come across about twenty-five of them that will do us all well. Some of them might work for you. Some of them might not. All I request is that you look this list over and do what you can to make yourself feel better.

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