The Nba: Why Push May Come To Shove

It faces hard bargaining with players. Threat to next season?

Let's face it: Despite some playoff excitement, this has been the year the National Basketball Assn. tripped on its own shoelaces. Low scoring because of play-their-own-game hotshots, the Latrell Sprewell incident, the possible end of the Jordan Era with no one to fill his size 13s, drug charges, and attendance as low as 15% to 20% in some cities. Why, even sneakers sales are off.

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