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.
From the diamond to the the tennis courts, bigger, more powerful is better. Is height and strength pushing skill out of sports?
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.
The years between 2000 and 2009 should be called the decade of the fan in sober acknowledgement of the ultimate victory of the dollar in sports, writes Howard Bryant.