Five ways NBA lockout affects Lakers

The summer of 2011: When and offseason truly becomes and off season

Updated: July 4, 2011, 2:54 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

In years past when friends would ask me what I did in the offseason with my job, I explained that there really wasn't an offseason at all.

First there's the NBA draft, I explained, followed by offseason movement through free agency and trades. Then there's the summer league in Las Vegas and sometimes smaller summer leagues in Orlando and Salt Lake City, Utah, too. Don't forget USA Basketball minicamps in Vegas every summer for the past five years. Plus there are international competitions ...

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