Not to be a Danny Downer or a Negative Ned or anything like that, but I can't help but think of the 2013-14 NBA season as one marked by disappointment so far.
The injury bug has ravaged the league's stash of superstars like (seemingly) never before. Most of the Eastern Conference has been drowning in mediocrity. Of the 14 lottery picks from the 2013 NBA draft, only three—Michael Carter-Williams, Victor Oladipo and Trey Burke—have contributed with any consistency to their respective squads.
To be sure, the Association as a whole hasn't been done in by such misery entirely.
There's still plenty of fun to be found in the budding rivalry between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers; the surprising rise of the Portland Trail Blazers, the Phoenix Suns and the Toronto Raptors; the Washington Wizards' long-awaited return to the land of the winning; Kevin Durant going bonkers in the new year; and pretty much every game pitting the Golden State Warriors against a top-tier team.
Still, the extent to which the current campaign has fallen short of (admittedly lofty) expectations can't be ignored. So, rather than trying desperately to accentuate the positive at every turn, let's take a moment to let some of the most underwhelming aspects of the season wash over us, with the hope that the upcoming All-Star Game will spell the end of the NBA's dog days.