Welcome To The XBA

The fractious style and attitude of pro hoops today hide a little secret: these guys can play

That was one wild and woolly half-season the XBA--oops, the NBA--just topped off with its hey-hey slam-bang All Star Game and Party-Hearty Weekend. You start the year with a star player's truly nasty rap lyrics, you get whining from the champs in L.A., and then a huge superstar gets booted from the arena for cussing a ref on national TV.

And that was Jimmy Buffett!

The XBA's got it all, and it resembles the old NBA--old, as in the Michael Jordan era--not a bit. Take Allen Iverson, for starters. Let's be honest: everyone in the league who doesn't live in Philadelphia...

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