Regardless of whether or not Paul George leaves and how a rebuild is approached, Larry Bird's sudden absence in that process will be notable, and added to the instability surrounding the Pacers in 2017.
What the Grizzlies have sketched out over these past seven years is more significant than any title may have been. They have delineated a beautifully realistic model for living by giving meaning to the words Grit & Grind.
Dion Waiters' piece made his omission from the playoffs hurt all the more by so eloquently reminding us of the alluring collision of man and myth and menace and Messiah. Dion has decisively won the war he thought he had won long ago.
After relying on Avery Bradley to help support Thomas emotionally during an impossible time, the Celtics have placed a huge defensive weight on his shoulders while also asking him to be assertive with the ball in his hands.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is about as good as we ever get, in terms of living up to the visions in our heads, in part because he's taken off before we could get too clear a picture.