If the NBA wants to save its season and its own dignity instead of trying to push the players to the wall, it needs to consider a serious downsize.
The Spurs? Gone. The Lakers? Gone. The Celtics? Gone. And if the past is indeed prologue, none of them will be back among the league powers anytime soon.
It's time to take back the meaning of the regular seasons in professional baseball, basketball, hockey and football by cutting down on the number of games.
From the diamond to the the tennis courts, bigger, more powerful is better. Is height and strength pushing skill out of sports?
Team play, bench contributions, foul trouble ... sure, they're important. But the NBA title on Thursday night rests squarely on the shoulders of Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce, the best players on the court.
Thirty years ago, when Magic Johnson and Larry Bird dominated basketball, race was a fiery, important subtext for the game and the country.