Parity not always a good thing

The NBA has always benefited from having big, bad teams on the block that everyone wants to beat.

Updated: August 4, 2004, 10:58 AM ET
By Terry Brown | NBA Insider

Italy defeats the Dream Team, the Pistons dismantle the Lakers for the NBA Title, and the Finals MVP is a point guard who has played for five teams in seven seasons.

So this is what parity feels like?

Before we begin a new season, while still dancing on the Lakers' grave, maybe we should take a look at what the NBA is losing along the way.

With the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, the NBA recorded its highest-rated playoff game in cable history. TNT received a 7.3 rating by ...

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