Originally posted on Sun Sentinel  |  Last updated 10/3/11
Q: Hey Ira, do you believe owners and other NBA teams plus David Stern don’t want any other NBA teams to duplicate what Miami has done, landing a Big 3? Is this the new way of thinking? — Joe. A: It would be difficult to see it any other way, considering the roadblocks to such partnerships that the owners are trying to put into the next collective-bargaining agreement. That doesn’t mean the Knicks won’t still try to find a way to add Chris Paul to Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire or that the Heat won’t try to keep their grouping of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh intact. The irony is that the NBA has thrived with such trios and runs the risk of setting up months of dreary parity. Parity is one thing over a 16-game NFL season. It is another over a marathon 82-game NBA schedule. Q: Ira, are we being fed lies? For weeks now, I’ve been listening to David Stern and Billy Hunter claim after every single meeting that “no progress has been made.” Can you really meet for hours...
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