The day after the All-Star Game annually is considered the slowest sports day of the year, and Wednesday did not disappoint. It was barren out there, folks. There was nothing fresh of major interest. Brett Favre is getting old, and so is his saga. Wednesday was tailor-made for a major announcement, something to hog the spotlight, to fill a vacant banner headline. Hmmm, what could that possibly have been? What's missing around here? Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have their starting quarterbacks, so that's not it. It's another four months until the next national signing date. It's been a few weeks since Boone Pickens forked over another $100 million to OSU. So, what's left? Ahh, yes. There's that little matter about a nickname for a recently relocated NBA franchise. Alas, there was no big announcement. An opportunity lost. Mike Baldwin's article in Wednesday's Oklahoman made me nauseous. Oops, let me rephrase: The responses given to Baldwin for his Wednesday article made me nauseous (sorry, Baldwin). According to Christopher Arena, the NBA's vice president for apparel, sporting goods and partnerships, "It's usually a 22-month process” to approve a new nickname, color scheme and whatever else is involved. Twenty two months? So, if this relocation process started roughly the same time Rhett Bomar got booted off the Oklahoma football team two summers ago, we'd be on the cusp of learning the nickname of our new NBA team? Twenty two months? Two months short of two years is too darn long to wait. Perhaps this explains why the Jazz never changed nicknames when they moved from New Orleans to Utah, ditto for the Grizzlies from Vancouver to Memphis, the Lakers from Minneapolis to Los Angeles, et al. They didn't want to wait on all the NBA paperwork. We realize there are a lot of i's to dot and t's to cross in a project like this, but 22 months' worth? We also realize there are surveys, trademarks, licensing, naming rights and blah, blah, blah to be done. Can't much of that legwork be done during all that dead time between nickname changes? Exactly how swamped is the nickname department at the NBA? The league has welcomed four new nicknames in the last 17 years — the Grizzlies, Raptors, Wizards and Bobcats. (That Washington franchise seems to change nicknames every 15-20 minutes. Is there a backlog? Is that why our new nickname has been on hold?) It's one thing to be thorough and get all your ducks in a row, but that line of ducks doesn't literally have to waddle from Seattle to the NBA offices in New York City to gain approval, does it? Yes, we are new to all this. We indeed are NBA novices, but at least we're nice novices. Commissioner David Stern, sir, you're testing that niceness by playing stall ball with our nickname. Yes, we only had the Hornets for two seasons, but that's only two years less than San Diego had the Rockets, three years less than New Orleans had the Jazz and four years less than Vancouver had the Grizzlies. Those shabby looking, black-and-white practice jerseys our nicknameless team wore during last week's summer league session in Orlando went on sale Wednesday, along with other makeshift NBA/OKC merchandise. Those shelves should be stocked with real merchandise adorned with the real nickname. We've long heard how the NBA is always thinking years ahead. In the NBA office, today's date might actually be July 17, 2012. Let's say all that's true. Let's say the NBA was thinking about this potential relocation years ago. Let's say the NBA has a secret vault filled with nicknames and color schemes ready to be used at a moment's notice. Tomorrow will mark the two-year anniversary that Clay Bennett and his fellow investors purchased the Seattle SuperSonics. That's 24 months, which means the NBA actually has been sitting on our new nickname for two months, right? So, come on. Let's see the goods. You blew your chance yesterday.