I always laugh a little when people talk about the NBA lockout and say things like, "It's going to suck not having basketball this year," or, "What are we gonna do without basketball?"
Maybe they're unaware that college basketball is not going to get swept away in the NBA's labor dispute. Or maybe they just don't appreciate college ball as much as I do.
Either way, if you're a real basketball fan, the lockout shouldn't bother you that much when you can still get your hoops fix through college, high school...or getting off the couch and watching your city's playground legends put in work at the park.
That said, I understand there's no equal replacement for the best players in the world.
The NBA is bigger than just basketball; it's an entertainment giant that produces full-blown celebrities.
So not only is the current lockout threatening to deny fans their favorite players on the court, but it's also taking some of sports' biggest personalities off the map.
Here are some NBA stars you're going to miss if the lockout goes into the winter.