It's become an annual question for commissioner David Stern: Can the NBA do something about teams that sit stars? Maybe this debate is about something else.
Some of the things NBA players are demanding from owners are fair, just and deserved. But if Billy Hunter and the players are expecting the public to embrace their side, they have sorely miscalculated.
It seems as though there is no longer an ironclad rule in sports that if athletes want to prove their mettle, they go to New York.