The NBA In 2020: A Look Ahead

Dan WoodillContributor IOctober 18, 2008

I recently set foot into a time machine, and looked into the future firsthand.  As I sat outside of the newly-named Fleet Microsoft Adidas Banknorth Center in Boston, I could only imagine what I would see inside.

Feeling a little parched after a shuttle brought me to my seats in the 1,450 section, I ordered a $15 Coors Light draft.  After I put the five dollaes worth of tokens in the HD Camera to watch the game from an eighth of a mile away it dawned on me why I didn't just stay home and watch the game on my 400 inch computerized TV.  Why didn't I?  Well, I was enthralled at a chance to see what the game was like in person.

The three hour introduction concluded with Madonna singing the National Anthem via satellite from her rest home. I bought a $50 program and started catching up on the current Celtics.  They were coached by Brian Scalabrine—he wouldn't have been my first choice—and were off to a blistering 10-1 start to the season behind the scoring of 7'1" point guard De-Quan Abdul Mohammed. 

Mohammed, who most recently got his entire body tattooed for the second time, was in his third year for the Celtics and was also the team's captain.

From the opening tip, I was amazed at the athleticism and how it apparently had progressed over the years.  It was alley-oop after alley-oop, behind the back passes over and over again.  I was in awe as robotic referees shimmied around the court and called actual traveling violations. 

The three-point line was measured off at 16 feet and that mid range shot made it impossible for either team to hit one from long distance.  My biggest regret?  Well, it just may have been not spending the $50,000 on front-row seats, since the cheerleaders wore only pasties.

I didn't even remember what the final score was.  There were just too many breathtaking moments.  I left there not only in debt, but bewildered on what I had seen through those lenses. 

After waving goodbye to the future, I stepped back into today again. 

Where, oh where have the short shorts gone?  Where is the blood, sweat and tears of athletes giving 100 percent and making less than a tenth of what the players do today? 

That's all a part of the past—and after taking a glimpse into the future, it's not going to get much better.