Good afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! As many of you know, I’m an Optimist. And with the onset of another Cavaliers offseason, Friday means NEWS … AROUND … THE … LEAGUE day! (And maybe a nice fish fry, time permitting.)

Working in the world of professional sports – like the athletes themselves – one learns the value of routine. And regular readers of my weekly N.A.T.L. column know that there’s a certain formula that we like to follow so I don’t make a total mess of the place or injure myself.