In ESPN The Magazine's Body issue, Howard Bryant writes that the Miami Heat are the latest team to prove that talent trumps all. That includes salary caps, which don't promote parity -- merely owner profits.
What happens over the next months and years will say more about American society and its boundaries of acceptance than it ever could about Jason Collins or Kirk Walker or Kevin McClatchy or Martina Navratilova.
In a time of high unemployment and low job creation, oddly, there still seemed to be money for sports. A closer look reveals a largely stagnant industry -- except for skyrocketing media rights to broadcast sports.
For five years we had a renewed Celtics-Lakers rivalry. Now both have put their future hopes in players who don't score first. It won't be an easy transition for either, but with Rajon Rondo's injury, it will be tougher for the Celtics.
Professional sports has reached its tipping point. The players, already too big, already too fast, already too strong, are now engaged in a game of attrition not against the other team, but against the regular season.
None of David Stern's rhetoric holds up to scrutiny. He justified the lockout by stating the dominance of big-market teams threatened competitive balance. But recent playoff results don't support that.
LeBron James is the king and revolutionary of a movement that has finally and completely broken from the Age of Jordan. He is the declarer of victory of a war for player freedom that began 45 years ago.