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The curtain rises on the NBA's theater

This season should provide some terrific drama, and maybe even some handsome hoops

Originally Published: December 23, 2011
By Michael Wilbon | ESPN.com

It's difficult to make the argument that professional basketball will be the beautiful game this season. A rushed free-agent signing period, an abbreviated training camp, scant preseason competition, a seriously compressed schedule and next-to-no practice time adds up in all likelihood to an uneven, unpredictable and even perhaps aesthetically unappealing regular NBA season.

Fortunately, the NBA operates in a culture that values theater more than artistry, and this season's ...

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