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.
In ESPN The Magazine's Analytics Issue, Howard Bryant writes that LeBron James and the Heat are clearly the tops of the NBA and, although they aren't destroying opponents, parity in the league is a myth.
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.