It was glorious to see a Lakers-Knicks game with some sense of greater meaning. The NBA's two biggest markets haven't been title threats at the same time since the '70s. Perhaps you feel that the Lakers aren't a title threat, or that the designation doesn't fit the Knicks either.
But, it was hard to watch a Nash-fueled Lakers and not imagine a brighter future for this season's object of scorn. They finally have their full roster, an imposing "on paper" grouping that hurtled right at New York's best team in roughly two decades.
Last year, the NBA's lockout-shortened season began on Christmas. It almost feels that way again, what with a (finally) full Laker roster and the first Thunder-Heat faceoff since the 2012 Finals.