Greedheads of Basketball

Never mind Jordan. Will anyone play this year? NBA owners and players are too rich to care

Ever since Michael Jordan stripped Karl Malone of the basketball and raced off to his sixth championship title in June, fans have wondered whether Jordan would hit the hardwood for another season. But now, with NBA team owners and players locked in a bitter contract dispute, the question is whether anyone else will show up, either.

Representatives of the owners and players sat down for talks last week, but like Charles Barkley and Dennis Rodman fighting for the low post, neither side gave ground. Commissioner David Stern canceled the exhibition season. And this week is likely to bring worse news: because...

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