Good afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! Optimist, here – urging you Cavallieros to cannonball into the weekly healing waters we like to call News … Around … The … League.

We might have too much column today. You may need a doggy bag.

Just to get it out in the open, take a look at today’s bloated Table of Contents …

Last year, the truncated NBA schedule didn’t hit the presses until mid-December. But with labor issues in the rearview mirror, the Wine and Gold know who’s on the docket before the calendar turns to August.

With a full 82-gamer, there’s no concern about the grind of back-to-back-to-back contests or 17 games in 21 nights. The regular season is still more of a marathon than a sprint, but at least this season, teams will be able to catch their collective breath.