Sometimes we forget that there are teams other than the Los Angeles Lakers. So thoroughly has L.A. dominated the NBA media news cycle that we're ignoring all the great stories that happen while the Lakers sputter and flail.
It's how it goes in our modern schadenfreude-fueled, reality TV culture. We'd almost rather celebrate someone doing something badly than celebrate greatness. I'm part of the problem too, as I've found L.A.'s struggles to be just a bit hilarious.
The same goes for the New York Knickerbockers, who look poised to make a run in the Eastern Conference. Not that anyone cares, but the Spurs remain great. There's success all around us, if we would only stop looking at the smoldering pile of Laker ruin.
**Records, streaks and stats are accurate as of all games through Sunday, January 6. 2013.