Quote of the day
"As annoying as the [NBA] lockout was -- and that's what it was, a nuisance -- it wasn't causing a panic, which is why fans will come back in their usual numbers despite some whining." -- ESPN columnist and commentator Michael Wilbon
Surprisingly, the NBA labor lockout appears to be resolved, with a 66-game season starting on Christmas Day. For fantasy hoops fans, thatís just in time to bridge the gap from football to baseball. And for RotoGuru.net, that sets up a lot of work to get done in the next few weeks.
First, Iíll need to get the schedule loaded and posted. So far, the final schedule is not out yet, although indications are that it will run through late April, and each team will be scheduled for at least one back-to-back-to-back. When the actual schedule is released, Iíll do my best to post it quickly (in the usual color-coded format, which will undoubtedly have more green and less red this year.)
Itís also time to start organizing the RIHC (RotoGuru Invitational Hoops Challenge) leagues. The 12 teams for the RIHC have already been selected, invited, and all 12 managers have accepted. The Qualifying Leagues are now being formed at the forum. Initially, I need to gauge the overall level of interest. Last year, we had two AAA leagues (24 managers) and one AA league (12), but Ė Michael Wilbon notwithstanding Ė I want to get an early sense as to whether we can fill 36 manager spots in qualifying leagues. If not, Iíll have to figure out some way to downsize (aka ďcontractionĒ, I suppose). So if you are interested in joining a league, please sign up in that thread pronto.