What all fans are happy about
Every fan is thankful that the owners have not decided to lock out the players, even in an offseason that basically is most of the calendar year. In my opinion, if there was labor unrest, the 2014 season would be cancelled in one swoop. It's not like the NBA and NHL where five games could be cancelled at a time and a legitimate season could still be held.
Dream fans should be thankful that there is a new coach hired in Michael Cooper. While I'm weary of more retread coaches, Cooper has won championships and dealt with managing strong star personalities in the locker room while in LA. Hell, he's been in that position too as a player!
Sky fans should be thankful that they got to see their team make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Sure, they saw their team lose to the #4 seed Indiana Fever, but this team wasn't playoff tested. Now they have a bit of that and with a younger core group in place, you'd think that this team will be arguably the number one perennial threat in the East for some time to come.
Sun fans should be thankful that their star player, Tina Charles still wears their uniform right now. Also, they should be thankful that there is a good chance that their team could have a new major young piece to their team.
Fever fans should be thankful that they were able to see their team have a chance to defend their championship in the postseason and make it back to the Eastern Conference Finals, considering a very bad start to their 2013 campaign. Additionally, they should be thankful that Shavonte Zellous has emerged as a new core piece for them alongside Tamika Catchings who will only decline from this point forward.
Los Angeles Sparks
Sparks fans should be thankful that they have Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike on their squad. But if they're watching on LiveAccess, they should be thankful that they get to see Dave Miller doing the halftime analysis instead of most of the other folks who still try to reminisce their college days. Forget college basketball! This is the pros!
Lynx fans should be thankful that they have a team which will be at the top of the team rebuilding cycle for the next couple of seasons, safe from my wrath which consists of demanding that head coaches and GM's lose their jobs, demanding that the younger players are playing more at the expense of veterans, and continual use of treadmills. Why? Because the Lynx built their team with youth as the foundation and what you see now is the result of building with youth, even though it was a protracted process.
New York Liberty
Liberty fans should be thankful that they fell off the Treadmill of Mediocrity in 2013 and will go back to the Garden in 2014. They also should be thankful that Kelsey Bone as of right now appears to be one of the top three players in the 2013 Draft Class and another significant young player will be in the mix for 2014. The future is brighter in NY for sure in my opinion.
Though he's gone now, Mercury fans should be thankful that Russ Pennell was there for half a season plus playoffs. They are better off for it. They should also be thankful that Brittney Griner came to the team before a "blow it all up" situation had to happen and this team is getting close to that point, though they're not there yet.
San Antonio Silver Stars
Stars fans should be thankful for Danielle Robinson who must be the successor to Becky Hammon. Jayne Appel also has become a solid piece alongside her. Yeah, they didn't make the playoffs, but Dan Hughes is a coach who can actually coach X's and O's and put younger players in a position where they can be successful.
Besides, who would've thought that the best player from the University of Oklahoma last few years would be Danielle Robinson instead of Courtney Paris? I didn't.
Storm fans should be thankful that Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson are back. That keeps the green and gold in the conversation nationally for at least one more year.
Shock fans should be thankful that their team is building the right way with youth as the foundation. No one said that building with youth will be easy. It is the best way to build a championship contender. I know that they haven't been winning as much as desired, but with one more lottery pick (or perhaps an impact vet in exchange for that pick) plus a good coach could make this team a force for years to come.
Mystics fans should be thankful that they still have a national-level figure on their team with GM, Head Coach, and Franchise Star Mike Thibault. This is not to say that he didn't like DC or would leave after one season, but he may have been contacted regarding the jobs in Phoenix or Atlanta. Maybe even Tulsa. I don't want him to leave, but if I'm another team looking for a head coach, I'm still going to try to ask him anyway.
Then fans should be thankful to the Washington Wizards for turning around a bad start to their season despite injuries to several important players. Nate suggested that perhaps Thibault should be the Wizards' interim head coach if current head coach Randy Wittman is terminated. While I agree that Thibault should get a look if Wittman loses his job, I'm just happy that the Wizards are playing much better than they have the last several seasons, and I don't want to think too much about that scenario at this time.
Any other things you are thankful for? Add them in the comments below!