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Can't we just start the playoffs?

Why isn't everyone psyched about the start of the NBA season? Because it's pretty pointless.

Updated: November 2, 2004, 10:56 AM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2

Baseball has Opening Day, elevated to Unnecessary Capitalization before most of us were born. The opening weekend of the NFL season is practically a national holiday.

The opening of the NBA season? It's tonight, in case you missed the fanfare. Shaq is in Miami, but he might not play. Jason Kidd is on the injured list. The Pistons look really good again. The Kings appear to have closed their window of opportunity before it was ever completely open.

Kobe is just good enough and ...

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