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.
The names change, but the dynamic doesn't. Whether it's Russell vs. Chamberlain or Garnett vs. Bryant, the Celtics and the Lakers have been struggling for NBA supremacy for decades.
Michael Jordan was the model and LeBron James fills the role today, but the NBA's commitment to star power doesn't win championships. What does? A team like the Celtics.