What has been the sickest and coldest betrayal of the last two decades? Was it LeBron James burning the city of Cleveland on national television? Was it Michael Jordan getting dirty on the same group he used to belong to in labor negotiations? Or was it a fan base that rallied behind their hometown team just to see them depart for richer waters?
These betrayals all smack of different types and get us thinking beyond the casual scenario of a player spurning his team, or of management choosing to go a different direction and get rid of a hometown favorite.
Indeed, the betrayals that have come to shape the NBA have been multitudinous in nature, and the implications of what would have been different in the Association had they not come to pass are vast.
Let's take a look at the biggest betrayals in the last 30-plus years, dating back to a grizzly faced ginger with a body that just wouldn't cooperate.