The future was coming fast. Late, late Monday night was close to becoming Tuesday morning and Carlos Boozer was sitting at his locker getting a lot of calendar questions of his own. He was politely, patiently responding to a cluster of reporters with varying versions of "It's too soon to think about that," just before the next prodding hoped to nudge him to think about that.
One issue had barely been resolved -- Lakers 4, Jazz 0 in a surprisingly brief Western Conference semifinal -- when the next moved to the forefront. It had been there most of the season anyway, but now it was upgraded to in-your-face status. Utah had been eliminated by the same team for the third season in a row, so: next.