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.
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.
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.