As the NBA reacts to an increasingly chaotic society outside that bubble, though, and pushes back on the forms that cultural madness takes within its own world, it plays a relevant role in the ongoing American identity crisis.
While the Knicks, Bulls, Hawks and Heat could be either buyers or sellers, there are a number of teams in the East that will be aggressive at the deadline.
Breaking up the Celtics' backcourt of Isaiah Thomas or Avery Bradley for Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball would be a one-step-backwards, two-step-forward strategy.
Every few months, with the cupboard still stocked, we opine whether Danny Ainge should pull the trigger on a deal and move some of the assets that either have or will soon begin depreciating.
New Orleans needs to make a firm assessment on where they stand with Jrue Holiday and then proceed accordingly heading into the deadline and offseason.