Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/27/11
Mike Brown hasnt spent any quality time with Kobe Bryant. Byron Scott probably hasnt even said hello to Omri Casspi. And Rick Adelman still needs to introduce himself to the Minnesota Timberwolves. But all this and more must take place between now and when the start of the NBA season is scheduled to tip off Christmas Day. Basically, when it comes to the NBA, things are about to get downright hectic. New coaches will need to meet their players. Free agency and training camps will need to be squeezed into a few short weeks. New systems will need to be instituted and learned, and new teams will need to be built. Welcome to the post-lockout era, which is expected to begin in seven to 10 days or whenever the new collective-bargaining agreement is finalized, signed and put into action. So far, the key dates are listed as Dec. 9 for the start of camp and Dec. 25 to start the regular season. Who is playing whom, and when and where, have yet to be determined. But most teams have a lot more to worry about than all that. Most need to determine who, exactly, is even coming to camp. Along with studying the transaction wire for available help, NBA general managers must work on re-signing their own free agents. Word is, theyll only have about three days to do so for free agents of the restricted variety (or those whom they have the right to sign first). Then, once everyone has been signed, sealed and delivered, coaches will have to make them mesh again, in a shortened amount of time. And most coaches will tell you they never have enough practice time as is.As former NBA coach Lenny Wilkens once said, Id love to be a football coach and get an entire week to prepare for a game. In a lockout-shortened season, hed be likely to get a night. Back to free agency. With no official word on exactly how the new CBA will work, its hard to gauge the type of players who will beavailable and how much cash each team will have to spend. Were used to having a few weeks in the summer to bring in new guys, said one Western Conference GM. Now, were all going to have to work quickly. But it beats the alternative of not working at all. I think wed all rather sweat this out than sit it out. On the bright side, the league is expected to conduct a considerably abbreviated preseason, consisting of one or two games per team. Then again, not every coach is going to be thrilled with that possibility, as such meaningless games will be viewed as just another way of cutting into real practice time. But thats just the new world order in the NBA. Players will be crossing the globe as they fly back from overseas gigs. Others will be flying out to fill suddenly available openings, and the Miami Heat will restart their search for a center and point guard to play alongside Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. So, yes, some aspects of the NBA will feel like business as usual. Just dont expect that normalcy to return any time within the next month. It will be far from what most of us are used to, said the Western Conference GM.The adjustment window to put together a competitive team, or keep a competitive team, will be much smaller. Lots of new faces will be lots of new places, with lots of new rules. It's sure to be a frenzied time." Follow Sam Amico on Twitter @SamAmicoFSO
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