Full-court trap

David Stern presses his advantage over players, and it's sure to come back to him

Updated: January 28, 2012, 6:16 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

AS WE ENTER THE SECOND MONTH of this haphazard, abbreviated season, the NBA today looks very much like it did yesterday, only with a month's fewer games. The caste system of the pretty and the ugly is still in place. The Wizards and Bucks are awful, as they were before, and the Heat and Bulls are as strong and destined as a year ago. The Thunder are still on the verge of being a championship-level team. The Knicks and Lakers will always be the preferred destination for players ...

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