by Dax-Devlon Ross
The 2011-2012 NBA season is barely two weeks old and already the machine is in full effect mode. League headlines have been an almost daily occurrence. The retirement of promising young Portland star Brandon Roy; Jeff Green’s season-ending, contract voiding heart ailment; Nets owner Mikhail Portokohov’s campaign presidency; Kobe’s divorce; Lamar Odom‘s dis; Dwight Howard’s free agent status; Chris Paul’s on again off again on again trade situation and the stench of collusion it stirred. Gone is the budding chatter about players forming a new league. All that remains of the ‘we stand together’ mantra that the Players Association successfully engineered and executed (yep, I said it) for nearly five months is the sporadic spatter of the sullen superstar here and there. Meanwhile, the owners have quietly retreated to their respective behind the scenes sanctums and resumed business as usual.
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