I am a lifelong NBA fan who had the pleasure of seeing Bird, Johnson, Kareem, Moses and Erving compete (tho I was very young).
I have to say that I have really lost it for the NBA and I refuse to give a cent to the league anymore, and I have gone to many games in the past.
The league hands games/championships to teams like:
and I have just lost the passion anymore. The NBA need to realize that small market teams (and their fans) deserve a fair game every night.