There's an over-used cliche that aptly describes the supposed plight suffered by owners and players alike in their current labor war: "You never know what you got until it's gone."
Fresh off the most exciting offseason in NBA history, it is safe to say that anticipation for an NBA season has not been this high since Michael Jordan's last comeback with the Wizards in 2001.
The world hates LeBron and Miami Thrice while deifying Kevin Durant as the anti-LeBron.
The Celtics are motivated to avenge their Game 7 NBA Finals loss to the Lakers while the Lakers attempt to win Phil Jackson his fourth three-peat.
Carmelo Anthony is pushing for a trade while Denver is doing everything short of offering Carmelo's wife (LaLa Vasquez) her own television network.
And yet all of these stories have a dark cloud hanging over them. A cloud that says, "in one year, we might not be here."
A year from now we could be inundated with daily stories from ESPN as they firmly plant Rachel Nichols' ginger ass outside the league offices like it's Brett Favre's favorite Mississippi high school.
A year from now terms like "CBA", "BRI" and "hard cap" are going to be more important than LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant.
Well, I for one am appreciating the game while it's still here. With that said, here is my 2010-11 NBA Season Preview.