The NBA is going to lose its season. It's about to disappear because the owners are high-powered gabillionaires used to getting their way, and the players are too arrogant/ignorant/stubborn to realize said fact. Instead, they're going to say adios to a year of salary that none of them will ever get back. This will hurt some of them more than others. The owners? A season gone will mean little to nothing for them. And while it will be "weird" having no NBA hoops, the more unfortunate thing for me is that my team was just starting to become somewhat relevant again.
You see, I was just starting to pay the slightest attention to the New York Knicks. No, there were and are no delusions of grandeur, but my childhood crush had re-emerged long enough to influence the channel selection on the tube once in awhile last spring. And while this is still a flawed team with a coach who is not equipped to take them much further than the first round of the playoffs even with the right personnel...even the lukewarm NBA fan I'd become had his curiosity piqued with the combination of Carmelo and Amar'e. Knicks basketball was watchable again (at least on TV).
Now, those compelling stars are poised to vanish from our consciousness for a season, taking the Knicks right along with them. The diehard fans will come back, no matter what they say. I probably will too. It will just take awhile longer. Again.