The Bandwagon Rider
For the next decade, Miami and Los Angeles will trade NBA championships. It's sad, really. You won't find two less-deserving cities. The Staples Center is basically worth its weight in Papparazzo negatives, with a collection of Hollywood backwash that spends most of the game pounding away on an iPhone. When the Lakers stink, the joint empties out like Saddle Ranch after last call. Unfortunately, those moments have been few and far between since, like, the Cuban Missile Crisis. With David Stern's pending retirement, the Lakers will be free to trade without the fear of veto and be a team we love to hate for another half century.