The NBA season will be fast, furious and frenetic. (Beautiful? Maybe not so much.) And as it opens, the spotlight shines on LeBron James (doesn't it always?) and the Heat. Again.
Two days later, how does the Chris Paul trade look? That depends on where you live. But this much is indisputable: It's a lesson for small market teams everywhere.
On the eve of the Finals, the numbers don't lie: LeBron's much-maligned "Decision" to take his talents to South Beach gave the NBA an extraordinary boost.
Some half-dozen candidates duked it out in our writer's mind before he cast his vote for NBA Coach of the Year. But MVP and Rookie of the Year? Winners in a walkover.